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Understanding urban hyperdevelopment in contemporary China

Driven by complex economic and political conditions, the explosive growth of China’s cities has dramatic implications for urban planning, urban form, economic development, the environment, state-society relations, and China’s role in the world. At this conference, invited scholars from the United States and around the world will examine the sources, processes, and consequences of urban development in China.

Topics for presentations and discussion may include: • Control over land, property development, and rents • Decision-making processes related to urban planning • Infrastructure investments and transportation • Environmental consequences • Impact on architectural design and urban form • Community mobilization related to planning decisions • Consumption patterns and impact of urbanization on economic growth • Legal and socioeconomic status of migrant workers • Emergence of China’s global cities • Changing local government institutions

Invited speakers will give presentations as part of several thematic panels, and significant opportunity for questions and discussion will be built into the schedule. There will also be student participation, for which students will prepare in a graduate class on contemporary Chinese urban development.


  • University at Buffalo, State University of New York, South Campus, Crosby hall


  • April 19, 2013


  • 5:30 p.m.


  • Free


  • Co-sponsorsed by the Confucius Institute and Asian Studies

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Monique Abud

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

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