14th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association Held in Tsinghua University
On the morning of Oct. 12, 2017, the 14th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association (shortened as APSA 2017) was held in Tsinghua University.
APSA is a platform and nonprofit organization for planners and educators from the Asian planning schools to explore urban issues, conduct professional exchanges, and cultivate a new generation of Asian pioneer planners. Since 1991, the APSA congress has been successfully held in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, etc., and has attracted wide repercussions and attentions among planning practitioners, academia, and government departments in Asia and around the world. The theme of the APSA 2017 Congress was “Asia: Reshaping Urban and Rural Development Through Planning,” which gathered more than 300 scholars, experts, and students from 21 countries and regions, to share opinions on hot topics in global urban planning and construction.
The Opening Ceremony of the conference was chaired by Professor Zhuang Weimin, Dean of the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University. Professor Yang Bin, Vice President of Tsinghua University and Mr. Sun Anjun, President of the Urban Planning Society of China made opening speeches. Professor Ahmad Nazri Muhamad Ludin from the Technological University of Malaysia, who represented Professor Syed Zainol Abidin Idid, current President of APSA, attended the conference and thanked Tsinghua University’s School of Architecture for the organization APSA 2017 Conference. Professor Sadao Watanabe, Honorary President of APSA from Tokyo University, extended warm congratulations on the convening of the conference.
In the subsequent Plenary Session, Academician Wu Liangyong, Qian Yi, and Jiang Yi, Professor Li Qiang, Wang Zhongjing, and Wu Weijia delivered remarkable keynote speeches on hot issues in current urban and rural development in China, titled “Belt and Road and Development of Sciences of Human Settlement,” “Urbanization and Ecological Civilization,” “Urban Energy Sustainable Solution,” “Nearby Urbanization and In-situ Urbanization,” “Challenges of Water Supplying Security in the Urbanization,” “Coordinated Development of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region” respectively.
The congress also welcomed Professor Xia Zhujiu, Past President of the APSA from Taiwan University, Professor Liu Jian, Vice President of APSA from Tsinghua University, Professor Yukio Nishimura, Secretary General of the APSA from The University of Tokyo, Members of the APSA Executive Committee including Professor Mack Joong Choi from Seoul University, Professor Bakti Setiawan from Gadjah Mada University, Professor Anthony G. O. Yeh from the University of Hong Kong, Professor Ahmad Nazri Muhamad Ludin from Technological University of Malaysia, as well as Professor Zhang Yue, Chair of the Faculty Council of the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University, and about 300 worldwide representatives, as well as faculty and students from School of Architecture, School of Social Sciences, School of Environment, and School of Civil Engineering of Tsinghua University.
In subsequent sessions, the congress was divided into six sub-themes: Governance, Identity Heritage, Solidarity Equity, Sustainable Environment, Smart Intelligence and Planning and Education, which were discussed in six parallel sessions through nearly 200 academic reports by planning scholars, experts, and students from different countries and regions, to ignite spark of ideas and exchange experience, thus providing Asian wisdom for the urban and rural development worldwide.