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Construction and real estate hinder China’s growth

Construction and Real Estate Hinder China’s Growth
Published: September 9, 2012

CHENGDU, China – With more than 100 tall cranes on the skyline, this metropolis in western China looks vibrant at first glance despite the country’s sharp economic slowdown.


2nd International conference on green buildings technologies and materials

Wuhan, December 27-28 2012

Welcome to the official website of the 2nd International Conference on Green Buildings Technologies and Materials (GBTM 2012) will provide an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in theory, methodology and applications of Green Building Technologies and Materials. The Conference looks for significant contributions to all major fields of the Green Building Technologies and Materials in theoretical and practical aspects. The GBTM 2012 will feature a wide ranging theme, focusing on energy efficient buildings, sustainable architecture, case study on buildings of historical significance, standard certification for green buildings, smart use of materials and resources, renewable energy sources or energy efficient non-renewable sources, waste management for sustainable development and so on.


Modernism in architecture and urbanism: West and East

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

18th to 19th October 2012

The conference will comprise the academic strand – as part of the international ‘Masterplanning The Future’ conference.
About the Academic Conference Strand:

One hundred years have passed since Le Corbusier’s Voyage to the Orient. Although he didn’t venture into the Far East, his influence – and that of Modernism – is recognizable across the world. This conference will explore Modernism’s significance in architecture and urbanism from Europe to India and the Far East. It will explore its lasting, or its fading, influences on China; and China’s influence on it. But is also looks at Modernism from the Americas to Africa to Asia; we want to get as many stories of the changing face – and the new face – of “the modern” as possible.

Architecture, and indeed the world, has changed massively over the last century, so this conference will explore what contemporary ideas can be drawn from different historical periods and different social circumstances. With the rapidly urbanizing conditions of India and China, what can Modernism tell us about the global urban condition? Indeed, is there such a thing? How has Modernism fared? How are architectural ideas portrayed today and what are the connections with the past?

This conference is an international forum within China, bringing together researchers and experts from across the world. In this way, the exchange of ideas and experiences will stimulate a better understanding of modern and vernacular architecture, contemporary and traditional urbanism; and regionalist and universalist design ideals.

Papers are welcomed to address a range of topics, which include (but are not exclusive to) the following:

Modernism from the West to the East and across the world.;
Modernism and the role of manifestos;
Chandigarh: then and now;
Asian development;
Emerging Cities: from South America to Africa;
The role of ideology;
The concept of masterplanning;
The Eco-City;
Contemporary and Vernacular Modernism?;
Ville Radieuse: lessons from 20th to 21st century;
The role of transport planning: then and now;
Influences and Legacy (Western and Eastern);
Le Corbusier and the Environment;
New Towns/ New Cities;
Urban flows;
Civic space and sociability;
The changing face of the Modern: Theory and Practice over the years;
Visualizing the City: from sketch to film to the digital image;
Universalism contra localism?;
Historically, geographically and culturally specific context;
Lessons from India/Europe/China;
GIS and space syntax;
Technological developments in Urban Planning and Design;
Social and development issues of the Modern city?;
Preserving or demolishing Modern icons;
Urban planning: Bottom up or top-down?



Call for papers: international comparative analysis of poverty in Asia: urbanization, migration and social policy

Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) and the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development (IPAID) are jointly organizing a symposium in October 2012 on the effects of urbanization and poverty alleviation in Asia. The main purpose is to address the widening income gap between rural and urban areas in Asia in the past thirty years.

Development scholars, researchers, and practitioners are invited to submit high-quality papers with a focus on the symposium theme of urbanization and migration in Asia and its affect on poverty in both rural and urban areas. The symposium aims to create a dialogue among scholars of Asian development studies to address effective urban and rural poverty reduction strategies.

The symposium will focus on the following set of issues which include (but are not limited to):
Rural development and urbanization in Asia
International standards of poverty alleviation
Access to land and land right education (rights, inequity, and poverty)
Labor mobility and poverty
Gender based income inequality
Social policy to tackle poverty and inequality
Housing, transportation and infrastructure development
National policies and measures for the eradication of poverty

The symposium will conclude with an excursion to disaster areas in Chengdu affected by the 2008 earthquake which killed an estimated 69,000 people. SWJTU has taken a lead in the recovery efforts and research cooperation in the field of poverty alleviation in Western China’s less developed areas.

Selected papers from the symposium will be published in a special edited volume of the Journal of Poverty Alleviation and International Development (JPAID) in 2013.

Submission Deadlines

Submission of a 500 word abstract is due by September 15, 2012. If accepted, SWJTU will communicate with you in September to submit a full paper (6000-8000 words). Deadline for submission of full paper is October 15, 2012.

All participants will be provided with accommodations and meals at Southwest Jiatong University for the duration of the symposium. Participants are responsible for their own travel to attend the symposium.

For more information regarding the symposium, please contact:
The Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development
Yonsei University at Wonju
1 Yonseidae-gil
Wonju, Gangwon-do, Korea 220-710

Southwest Jiatong University was founded in 1896. As a nationally renowned university located in Chengdu, SWJTU has conducted a number of comprehensive research projects on this topic. China in the previous two years has selected Southwestern Chongqing and Chengdu as pilot reform cities targeting coordinated rural and urban development through reforms in all sectors. The final aim of coordinated rural and urban development is to eliminate poverty and give rural farmers and migrant workers the ability to enjoy the same rights, public services and living conditions as urban residents do. The two pilot cities have pledged to carry out reforms in such areas as household registration systems, land management, social security and government administration. Website:

The Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development (IPAID) at Yonsei University, Wonju campus was established in 2010, as a university-wide research institution. The goal of IPAID is to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable international development through various domestic and international collaborations and comprehensive research on regional and global poverty reduction. Website:
Update date 2012.08.16 15:36

The 3rd international symposium on low carbon buildings (ISLCB) in China

Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

27th to 28th October 2012
Ningbo, Zhejiang, China

The building sector is one of the highest energy consuming sectors in China accounting for about 30% of total energy usage and also contributes to a significant proportion of pollutant emissions in China. Meanwhile, building construction activities are contributing significantly towards China’s economic growth and infrastructure development under the current urbanisation programme. It is estimated that half of the world’s buildings being constructed between now and 2020 are expected to be built in China and if nothing is done to control the upward energy trend, building-related energy consumption could double and have a devastating effect on the environment and the economy as a whole.

The objective of this international symposium is therefore to provide a forum for academics, government officials, researchers and practitioners to present and discuss recent research and demonstration projects related to low carbon buildings in China. The event will feature well known international experts in this field as Keynote speakers.
General topic areas

* Sustainable Energy Technologies
* Energy storage technologies
* Energy and Environmental Policy
* Modelling and simulation of buildings
* Thermal Energy Management systems
* Low carbon construction materials
* Eco-building design
* Integration of renewable energy technologies in refurbished buildings
* Life cycle analysis of low carbon buildings
* Waste and water management
* Energy Management Contract systems
* Post occupancy evaluation of low carbon buildings
* Green Architecture
* Design for low impact healthcare buildings
* Improving sustainability (and resilience) of healthcare facility
* Sustainable Urbanism
* Urban form and Energy use or Low carbon cities
* Green and liveable cities



Urban design Asia 2012

Conference in Seoul, 17th to 19th October 2012.

Contact person: Taehwan Hyeon, Daniel Oh

The 1st International Conference, Urban Design Asia 2012(UDA 2012), will be held to unite urban design specialists and professionals to discuss the issues relating to the theme “Future Cities in Asia”.

Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 27th August 2012


The rapid march towards urbanisation

Posted by Kate Mackenzie on Aug 30 14:09.

In our first post in this series, we examined the widely-held belief that China’s steel demand will continue to rise at a rapid rate. FT Alphaville, along with others, contend that such forecasts are on shaky ground. This is, in part, because of the dubiousness of one of the underlying assumptions: that China will rapidly urbanise more of its population. (Here’s a very recent example of this argument, from Stephen Roach.)

The proportion Chinese living in urban areas just passed the 50 per cent mark in the past year but, the story goes, there is more to come. This will in turn mean more industrialisation, more modernisation, a bigger and consuming middle class and of course more GDP growth. In other words:

[…] farmers who once led simple, subsistence-level lives now become factory and service workers in the city, reside in apartments furnished with appliances, occasionally eat out, and perhaps even send their kids to college. In the process, self-sufficient rural households are transformed into workers receiving higher wages and participating in the commodity economy of consumption. As such, urbanization is as much an economic and social transformation as it is a spatial and demographic process.

Sounds great doesn’t it?

The above quote however comes from a paper by Kam Wing Chan in Eurasian Geography and Economics early this year. Chan is a professor of geography at the University of Washington, and he doesn’t agree that this is how things will continue to play out for China.