The School of Architecture of Tsinghua University Celebrated its 60th Anniversary by a Series of Activities Including Three Major International Conferences
On Oct. 21, 2006, starting with a ceremony on which more than 1000 people, including leaders of related departments, representatives of peer universities, faculties, students and alumnus of the School being presented, the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University initiated a series of activities to celebrate its 60th anniversary, including several national and international forums and conferences.
From Oct. 11 to 13, the Sino-German conference entitled Green City Development Mechanisms (GCDM), co-sponsored by Tsinghua University and Berlin University of Technology and co-organized by the School of Architecture and the International Cooperation and Communication Office of the two universities, was held in Tsinghua University. About 200 people attended the conference and several famous scholars from both homeland and abroad delivered speeches, including Prof. WU Liangyong of Tsinghua University, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering; Prof. CHEN Xiaoli, Chief Planner of Ministry of Construction of China; Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Vice Secretary-General of United Nations (UN) and Director of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); Mr. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, State Secretary of Ministry of Transportation, Construction and City Development of Germany; Mr. Volkmar Strauch, Secretary of Council of Economy, Labor and Woman Affaires of Berlin; Mr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; Prof. Rudolf Schafer, Director of Institute for Architecture of Berlin University of Technology; Prof. ZHU Wenyi, Dean of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University; Prof. JIANG Yi, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Vice Dean of School of Architecture Tsinghua University. The conference had four sub-themes, i.e., Impact of Great Events on the Urban Future, Historic City Preservation and Culture Identity, Urban Development Strategy and Infrastructure, and Energy Efficient Architecture and Resource Saving Building. Other activities including Science and Technology Forum, Science and Technology Exhibition, Berlin Architecture & City Planning Exhibition were also held during the conference.
Days later, the International Forum on Urbanism 2006 took place in Tsinghua University from Oct. 18 to 20 under the co-organization of Tsinghua University, Delft University of Technology, Taiwan University and Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. With the theme of Modernization & Regionalism: Re-inventing the Urban Identity, this conference discussed the issues of modernization, cultural identity and sustainable development that cities and regions are facing today amid rapid urbanization. About 300 people attended the conference, listening to the keynote speeches of Prof. WU Liangyong of Tsinghua University, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering; Prof. Jürgen Rosemann of Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology, Chairman of International Forum on Urbanism; Prof. Wytze Patijn, Director of Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology and former National Architect of the Netherlands; Prof. XIA Zhujiu, Director of Institute of Building & Planning of Taiwan University; Prof. Joaquim Sabate of Catalunya University of Technology in Barcelona, Chairman of European Higher Education Consortium in Urbanism; Prof. LIU Keqiang of Taiwan University; Prof. Hilmar von Lojewsky, Member of Berlin Senate Department of Urban Development; Prof. Maurizio Marcelloni of University of Roma La Sapienca; Prof. Bernardo Secchi of University of Venice; Prof. Alexander Tzonis of Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology; Prof. WANG Jianguo of Southeast University, and Prof. ZHENG Shiling of Tongji University, Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering. There were five sub-themes for the forum including planning and development on a regional level, architecture intervention between internationalism and regionalism, landscape and ecology, sustainable technology for urban transformation, and historical preservation and modernization. The Netherlands Social Housing exhibition was also held during the forum.
On Nov. 14, 2006, a planning forum named Change vs. Transformation: Urban Regeneration & City Development was held in Tsinghua University by Outlook Weekly of Xinhua News Agency, School of Architecture of Tsinghua University, and EDAW Incorporation. Prof. WU Liangyong of Tsinghua University, Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering and Mr. ZHAO Yanjing, Director of Xiamen Urban Planning Bureau and Vice Chief Planner of China Academy of Urban Planning & Design delivered respectively the keynote speeches of “Urban Regeneration and Building of Human Settlements”, “ Urban Regeneration and Economic Planning”. Planning experts and scholars coming from both overseas cities like Boston of USA. and Manchester of UK, and domestic cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Shenzheng and Xiamen of China participated in the forum, introducing the successful cases of urban regeneration in their cities and discussing the issues of urban renovation and economic planning in China.