Harvard East Asia Urban Forum: “Growth vs. Development: New Urbanization in China”

Prof. Yifan Yu

With a French PH.D degree (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris), Yifan Yu is a Professor at Tongji University’s Urban Planning Department in Shanghai, and the Vice-President of the Urban Planning Association of Shanghai. She is also a Research Project Director at the Natural Science Foundation of China, as well as a Research Fellow of Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her publications include “The Morphology of Habitation”, “Social Housing’s Double-Marginalization Trap”, “Shanghai’s Industrial Heritage: Past, Current Status, and Future Directions”, and “Approaches to Urban Design” etc.

Moderator: Prof. Peter G. Rowe

Peter G. Rowe is the Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. Rowe served as Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard from 1992 to 2004.

China’s urbanization is full of challenges and paradoxes. The consequences of economic growth came along with controversies in social, environmental and cultural domains. “New Urbanization” was formally put forward by the government in 2013, and it is regarded as a signal of shifting towards new growth models on urban-rural development.  A series of questions, however, are yet to be answered — What is NEW during the “New Urbanization”? Whether the “city building movement” remains? What action will be taken to deal with the social and environmental crisis?

The lecture will focus on addressing the characteristics and contradictions during the evolution of China’s Urbanization, as well as discussing the development trends under the New Urbanization.

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Harvard East Asia Urban Forum

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].