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ADB-Tongji Urban Knowledge Sharing Seminar: New Towns and New Districts in China – Challenges and Opportunities
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ADB-Tongji Urban Knowledge Sharing Seminar Shanghai
12-13 November 2013
New Towns and New Districts in China – Challenges and Opportunities


Fourth Seminar. Following three successful Urban Knowledge Sharing Seminars in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-Tongji University Regional Knowledge Hub for Sustainable Urban Development is organizing a fourth seminar in 2013 to disseminate best practices in sustainable urban development in the People’s Republic of China. The topic of this year’s seminar will be New Towns and New Districts in China – Challenges and Opportunities. Best practices case studies of recently planned and implemented New Towns and New Districts in the People’s Republic of China will be presented and lessons learned will be discussed followed by field visits to some of the examples in and near Shanghai. This year’s seminar is organized in cooperation with ADB’s Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative.

Day one. The morning session on day one will include ADB and Tongji welcoming addresses and presentations by international resource persons who will introduce the topic and share state of the art approaches to planning, implementation and administration of New town and New District developments. The last morning session and the first two afternoon sessions of day one will include introductions from urban development specialists on selected sub-topics followed by presentations of case studies emphasizing lessons learned from the process and from the life in and operations of the new towns and districts. These presentations will be followed by panel discussions. The afternoon will conclude with a panel discussion and with an open plenary discussion. Following the tradition, on day one in the evening, the Urban Knowledge Hub Good Practices Award will be presented to representatives of the respective award winning projects.

Day two. will take all participants on a visit to those best practices cases presented on day one which are within reach of Shanghai via bus: Shanghai Jiading New District and Wuxi Taihu New Town. Participants will be able to ask and discuss with planners and administrators involved in the preparation and administration of the New Town and New District projects.


 UKH Draft Program_16Oct2013 (english)

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