The lecture attempts to provide a holistic picture of the history of urban planning in the People’s Republic of China: its evolution, subsequent changes and criticism, and its reform facing the marketization of urban development and the liberation of land uses. Central to these historical changes has been the constant reconceptualization of the role of urban planning to Chinese cities. The current national restructuring of planning administration indicates growing tensions over the questions of control, both between the central and the local states and with regard to the diversification of actors shaping the political economy of urbanization at the local levels.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Li HOU is Professor of Urban Planning at Tongji University. She received her graduate education at Tong University (MUP’97) and at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (MDesS’05 & DDes’09). Her research interests lie in the transnational traveling of planning ideas, and the history of urban and regional planning in modern China. Her recent publications include Richard Paulick in Shanghai, 1933-1949: The Postwar Planning and Reconstruction of a Modern Chinese Metropolis (Shanghai: Tongji University Press, 2016), and Building for Oil: Daqing and the Formation of the Chinese Socialist State (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018).
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