China's era of rapid urbanisation has left a series of unrelated and unconnected developments. China has been busy building skyscrapers for showcases, highways for cars, factories for industries. But where is our human city? A true sense of place comes from making a city livable and designed at human scale. This next era of urbanisation requires a broader type of urban planning capability to attract and retain the best talents to our cities. The New Urbanisation Council aims to influence national and regional policies that will pace the way for these ecolivable communities.
JUCCCE together with TEDxShanghai co-hosted The New Urbanisation Council's first public salon to discuss what really makes a city truly ecolivable: one that is both environmentally sustainable and human centered.
Speakers for the salon:
David Nieh, Head of China at Lend Lease where he is now working on multiuse developments such as a senior citizen project in Shanghai. David is one of the 4 co-chairs along with me of the New Urbanization Council.
Neville Mars, director of MARS Architects. He has been active in researching hyper-speed urbanization and sustainable growth in China since 2003. Recently, Neville published a special issue of Urban China Magazine to investigate alternative futures for Beijing’s 798 creative industry cluster. He published a fascinating book titled Chinese Dream: A Society Under Construction.
Dai ZhiKang, founded the Shanghai Zendai Group, known for its 23,000 square metre Himalaya Centre in Pudong, which won the "Designing for China Award." Its sister development in Nanjing is now under construction. Dai is a thoughtful and spiritual businessman who integrates his values into physical, artistic landscapes.
Ole Scheeren is a German architect and principal of Büro Ole Scheeren. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat not only awarded him the “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing but also the “Urban Habitat Award” for his large-scale residential development, "The Interlace" in Singapore. speakers:
Peggy Liu, chairperson of JUCCCE is internationally reognized for her expertise on China's sustainability landscape and for fostering international collaboration with China. Peggy was honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, the Hillary Step for climate change solutions in 2012, a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment in 2008, the Hillary Laureate of 2010 for climate change leadership, a Forbes "women to Watch in Asia" in 2010.