31 July: Urbanization in China: Past, Present, Future


On 31 July, HKU/Shanghai Study Centre will host a conference organized by Princeton School of Architecture, titled ‘Urbanization in China: Past, Present, Future’. Throughout the afternoon and evening, academics from all over the world will discuss urban issues

2pm Urban Past: History in the Modern City

Moderator: Alison Isenberg, Department of History, Princeton University
Prof. Janet Chen, Department of History, Princeton University “Shanghai’s Urban Past and Its Discontents”
Prof. Hou Li, Department of Urban Planning, Tongji University “Toward a Controlled Urbanization: Urban and Planning Policies in the First Thirty Years of PRC”
Prof. Kosei Hatsuda, Department of Architecture, University of Tokyo
Prof. Shin Nakajima,
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo “Urbanism and Urban Planning in Non-Western Countries: Focusing on Japan and Tokyo”
Prof. Juan Du, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong “Shenzhen: The Forgotten Urban Past of a Contemporary City”

5.15pm Modernizing Infrastructure in Old Cities: Communications, Housing, and Transportation 

Graduate Student panel
Moderator: Keith Wailoo, Vice Dean, Woodrow Wilson School, and Department of History, Princeton University

Sean Chen, WWS, “Digital Urbanism: Smart Cities, Gigabit Cities, and Information Infrastructure in Redevelopment”
Lily Zhang, Architecture, “Housing in Japan: Cultures of ‘impermanence’ and ‘disposability’ revisited”
Gabriel Catapang, WWS, “Transit-oriented Historic Preservation: The Case of Washington D.C.’s East End”

6.30pm Urban Present: Global Urban Design Practice in China Today 

Introduction: Esther da Costa Meyer, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

Keynote: “Asian Extra Large” Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Dean, School of Architecture, Princeton University

Moderator: Pascal Berger,  Roundtable Discussants: Daan Roggeveen, Darren Zhou, Juan Du, Anderson Lee

Thursday, July 31

University of Hong Kong / Shanghai Study Centre
No. 298, Bei Suzhou Lu, Hong Kou District, Shanghai, China (Crossing Sichuan Bei Lu)
021 6307 7018

Line 10, subway stop Tiantong Lu