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Greening the city: a multimedia animation online


Paris, 25 May 2010

Greening the city: amultimedia animation online.

Against the background of the International Year of Biodiversity and the Shangai 2010 World Expo, this new title of the CNRS Sagascience collection will explore towns through more than 600 photographs, films and interviews.

Urban biodiversity? In people’s minds, biodiversity brings up images of luxurious tropical forests rather than the flora surrounding town trees… Yet, urban ecosystems are increasingly of interest to the public and scientists alike.

Main themes include:

  • What kind of nature do we want to find in towns?
  • How can it be better accounted for in the construction of buildings?
  • What is a a green district?
  • Will towns of the future be green?
  • How does nature help urban dwellers live a better life?
  • How does it help them?

An animation in English, with Chinese subtitles, has been taken from this site to be presented from early June at the France Pavilion throughout the world exhibition in Shanghai.

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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Super Trash: the story of a dump-site


Marc Esposito’s latest documentary movie about a dump-site in Southern France.

Next to French Riviera’s famous beaches, let’s explore a dump site

This movie warns us about how poorly managed  landfill sites can be,  and shows how garbage reflect our (urban) consumption habits.

Sebastien Goulard

Ph.D. in political science (EHESS, Paris); M.A. in social sciences (EHESS, Paris); M.A. in international relations (IRIS, Paris), B.A. (Hons) in international political studies (ESE - Nottingham Trent University)

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Landscape artist creates rooftop garden for city buses

, Rooftop gardens on moving buses

Friday September 13, 2013

Environmental awareness has risen exponentially in recent years and people have regrown a strong urge to surround themselves with anything green amidst vast concrete jungles.

Vertical gardens, urban farming, guerrilla gardening are only a few phenomena that have only recently entered our daily lives. It is surprising why nobody had thought of it much earlier. Luckily, greening the city has gained a huge fan community. Landscape artist Marc Grañén, in collaboration with Grupo IRACO, takes it to the next level by using vehicle roofs as flower beds, turning unused space into little oases.

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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CNRS video podcasts on urban planning


This collection of video podcasts was started on July 4, 2013 and for the following 6 weeks two new episodes are uploaded each week, to stream or download. The CNRS produces these videos to offer viewers a chance to find out about current research conducted in the field of urban planning in France. This new series of podcast videos is intended for a wide public and focuses on three themes: history and sociological method; materials, energy and networks; and the city of tomorrow.

Watch there first podcast and go to the website to watch there other videos.

Created by Sophie Bensadoun, Marie Chevais, Hervé Colombani, Christophe Gombert and Luc Ronat, produced by CNRS Images (2013, 12 x 7 min)


Aurélia Martin

Chargée de communications et des médias pour l'UMR Chine Corée Japon (CNRS)

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Guangzhou Bus Rapid Transit system

Guangzhou Bus Rapid Transit system from Momentum for Change on Vimeo.

The Guangzhou bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor opened in February 2010 after an extensive planning and design process by the Guangzhou Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute in partnership with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). The Guangzhou BRT is the is the first ‘metro replacement’ level BRT system outside South America. The system carries more than triple the single-directional passenger flows of any other BRT system in Asia, and is second only to Bogota’s BRT, Transmilenio, worldwide.


Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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China inaugurates Low-Carbon Day

China marks 1st National Low-carbon Day

China is marking its first National Low-carbon Day, in a fresh move to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the world’s second-largest economy.. National Low-Carbon Day will fall on the third day of the National Energy Efficiency Promotion Week every June.

Source: CCTV, 17 June 2013 (accessed 20 June 2013)

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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Green innovation in China

Joanna I. Lewis, Green Innovation in China. China’s Wind Power Industry and the Global Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy (March 2013)

As the greatest coal-producing and consuming nation in the world, China would seem an unlikely haven for wind power. Yet the country now boasts a world-class industry that promises to make low-carbon technology more affordable and available to all. Conducting an empirical study of China’s remarkable transition and the possibility of replicating their model elsewhere, Joanna I. Lewis adds greater depth to a theoretical understanding of China’s technological innovation systems and its current and future role in a globalized economy.
Read more on ChinaFile

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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Longing for blue skies

You may rediscover a beautiful and very interesting video made by OrvilleSchell about air pollution prior to  the Olympic games.

Video Description

Air pollution in an unfortunate consequence of China’s recent rapid development. The 2008 Olympics are focusing global attention on Beijing’s air quality. Despite government efforts to control the problem, it remains a serious challenge for both China and the world.

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Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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The ChinaFile site

ChinaFile is a new not-for-profit, English-language, online magazine published by the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society. The editors are Orville Schell and Leah Thompson.

This new multimedia site is about China in the U.S. and elsewhere in the English-speaking world. It covers a wide range of discipline and topics, such as Arts, Education, Health, Media, Religion, Society, etc. and proposes articles, photos, videos.



There is a virtual library with presentations of books by theirs authors. Our readersll be might be interested by the presentation of Judith Shapiro’s book China’s Environmental Challengesor Giles Chance’s  China and the Credit Crisis. The Emergence of a New World Order.

Twice weekly, The ChinaFile Conversation brings together a group of experts to discuss and debate the news of the day in real time like “Airpocalypse Now: China’s Tipping Point? A ChinaFile Conversation” with several scholars: Alex Wang,  Orville Schell, Elizabeth Economy, Michael Zhao, James Fallows, Dorinda Elliott.

The multimedia section offers

ChinaFile also relies on a wide network of contributors and partners like

ChinaFile is a very rich and well organised site which will be useful for all of us.

Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations marked the launch of its new website ChinaFile Tuesday night by bringing together a panel of former and current New York Times correspondents whose collective China experience spans the course of half a century.

Video: Six NY Times Correspondents Share Half-Century of China Experience




Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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The interview of Prof. Ni Pengfei

Prof. Ni Pengfei, a member of UrbaChina, is Director of the Urban and Real Estate Economy Research Unit in the Institute of Finance and Trade Economics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The interview with professor Ni was conducted by Wang Ang, the host of the TV show, Caijing mingren fang[財經名人訪], in August 2012, at China Central Television .

The questions put to professor Ni in this interview included the following:

  • “What are the main problems and disadvantages that China encounters in the process of urbanisation?”
  • “What are the causes of changes in cities’ competitiveness?”
  • “Is China’s urbanisation proceeding too quickly?”
  • “How does the household registration system influence urbanisation in China?”
  • “What are the major problems and challenges that the Chinese government should deal with by 2015?”

Professor Ni expressed various points of views regarding urbanisation in China.

Source: TV show, Caijing mingren fang (, August 2012, interview conducted by the TV show, Caijing mingren fang. The presenter is Wang Ang.

  • As this interview was held in Chinese, the Urbachina team will publish an abstract of it in English, which will be posted on the February 5 blog.


Chi-Han Ai

Ph.D. candidate of EHESS ( École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris) focusing on regional economic development in China and Taiwan.

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The intangible cultural heritage award

Elodie Brosseau (film director), Hélène Attali (chief editor) and Caroline Bodolec (anthropologist) are pleased to inform you that their documentary, Yaodong, a Small Treatise Building, received the intangible cultural heritage award at the Jean Rouch Ethnographic Film Festival  on November 16, 2012.

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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Building leaders in urban transport planning

Source: , August 28th, 2012.

To meet the demands of China’s rapidly-urbanizing population, the transport system in Chinese cities needs to be increasingly smart and low-carbon.Take a look at a World Bank program that helps China build city leaders who have the capacity to build such systems.

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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Projection of the film Yaodong

Projection of the film Yaodong, Petit traité de construction, followed by a discussion, at the 31st Jean Rouch Festival. The film is the fruit of the collaboration of anthropologist Caroline Bodolec and director Élodie Brosseau, also a sinologist. The film is about rural contemporary society. More information.

  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 17:30

Maison des Cultures du Monde, 101, Boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris. Admission is free to the extent of available seats. More information

Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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