China’s national policies now promote the development of small towns in response to huge issues of congestion, pollution and lack of facilities in large Chinese cities. Quality, equality and liveability are now the major focuses of this New Type of Urbanisation.
On 26th April, China Design Centre is bringing 33 Chinese representatives to the China-UK Ideal Town and Garden City Summit to exchange ideas with UK urban specialists about sustainable, livable and thriving towns. The event is focussed around town making debates and will appeal to UK architects, master planners, urbanists, environmentalists and engineers who want to discuss ideas with the 33 visiting delegates on the ingredients of an ideal town and who are interested to find out more about the issue in China. The delegates includes leading members from a top Chinese developer, and a group of architects, urban designer and planners.
The Summit will debate new Garden City ideas and will look at best practice for eco towns, market towns, community engagement, creative quarters and elderly living in the town as well as town centre design and management. It will show how UK’s experience and lessons can be beneficial to current thinking on town making in China.
Meanwhile, China’s exemplar new towns, such as Changzhi Island in Zhoushan and Liangzhu New Town in Hangzhou, will be introduced in the conference and put onto the same horizons as UK and European Projects. These cases will allow the international world to understand the current social, economic and physical transformations in China’s New Type of Urbanisation, and the experience learned from China’s new towns can also be shared with the international world.
The event is supported by Shanghai City of Design Promotion Centre London Base, The Academy of Urbanism, The Building Centre and China Greentown Group.
Morning sessions: 9:30-13:00
‘Creating Garden Cities of today – An overview of principles and policy’, Katy Lock, Garden Cities and New Towns Expert and Advocate, TCPA
‘The pursuit of ideal town making in China‘–--Mi Liu, Deputy Director Of Research & Development Department, Greentown Real Estate Group CO., LTD
'The First Garden City--Letchworth Garden City: a sustainable development and management model’ ----David Ames, Director, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation
‘Growing garden cities for the 21st century’----Dr. Nicolas Falk, Director, URBED, Visiting Professor, University of West England
‘Building towns with communities: the cases of Scarborough, Changzhi Island and Liangzhu New Town’ ----John Thompson, Honorary Chairman, The Academy of Urbanism, Founder Chairman, John Thompson & Partners
‘The growth of Liangzhu New Town, China’ – Zhiqiang Fu, Chief Planner, Vanke Group
‘Designing new settlements within an existing larger community’---- Robert Adam, Director, ADAM Architecture
Networking lunch 13:00-14:00
Afternoon sessions 14:00-17:00
‘UK’s first eco-town: Northwest Bicester’--- Gary Young, Partner, The Farrells
‘Shaping cities: rules of assembly that enable towns to evolve and grow’ —Roger Evans, Director, Studio REAL
‘Flexibility and connectivity: creative hub in Here East’----Roger Hawkins, Founder Partner, Hawkins\Brown
‘Greentown’s ideal town practice: Changzhi Island’ ---Anchuo Jiang, Managing Director, Zhoushan Greentown Real Estate Development Co., Ltd, Min He, Chief Architect/General Manager, Greentown 9m Architectural Design Co., Ltd
‘I’m not ageing, I’m evolving: designing for the Third Age of life’---Patrick Devlin, Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
‘The tale of towns and communities from two countries’ ----Gillian Horn, Partner, Penoyre & Prasad
Networking wine reception 17:00-18:00
Full day tickets are £50+VAT, including networking lunch and wine reception. Half day tickets are £25+VAT. Morning tickets include networking lunch, and afternoon tickets include the wine reception after the conference.
An exhibition showcasing exemplar case studies of new Chinese towns and UK towns will be held at the China Design Centre Gallery from 21st April to the 30th April. The exhibition is free admission.