Shanghai Workshop: International Forum on Global Suburbanisms

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As a rapidly growing city, Shanghai is exposed to significant challenges with regard to social, economic, environmental, and cultural planning.

The International Workshop on Global Suburbanisms took place at Fudan University in Shanghai, China from May 9-11, 2015. The workshop focused on suburbanization in Shanghai as well as other regions in China, using the themes of land, governance, and infrastructure.

The Shanghai workshop was organized by the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) on Global Suburbanisms and The City Institute at York University. It was co-organized by the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London Center for Urban & Regional Studies, the Institute of Population Research, Fudan University Centre for Modern Chinese City Studies, the East China Normal University Institute of Urban and Demographic Studies, and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

9 master’s students from York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies traveled to Shanghai to participate in a graduate urban planning course under the directorship of FES Professor Ute Lehrer. In addition to participating in the forum, students visited new towns on the periphery, spoke to planning professionals, and participated in a design charrette with B+H Architects.

Click here for a copy of the conference program.