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Students and Faculty of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University Take Part in Fourth World Urban Forum
From Nov. 3 to 7, 2008, the Fourth World Urban Forum, under the joint sponsorship of UN Habitat and Ministry of Housing and Urban and Rural Construction of China, and the joint organization of Jiangsu Provincial Government and the Nanjing Municipal Government, was held in the Nanjing International Expo Center. The theme of the forum was Harmonious Urbanization,with six sub-themes, i.e., City of Harmonious Society, City of Harmonious Economy, City of Harmonious Environment, City of Harmonious Space, City of Harmonious History, and City of Intergenerational Harmony. The forum attracted 7800 attendants, among which 3600 were from abroad. Totally 227 sessions were held on the forum, on which the issues of rapid urbanization and its impact on society, city, economy, and policy that required instant resolutions, were discussed. On the closing ceremony on Nov. 6, the UN Habitat declared that the Fifth World Urban Forum will be held in RIO of Brazil with the theme of Introducing Rights into City.

The faculty and students of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University actively took part in several activities of the forum.

① Under the leadership of Professor WU Liangyong, the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University and the World Society of Ekistics jointly held a partner conference of the forum on Nov. 4, and the 2008 Congress of WSE with the theme of Harmonious Ekistics, was held from Nov. 5 to 6 in Southeast University. Professor ZHU Wenyi, Dean of the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University attended the congress, and delivered the opening remark on behalf of Professor WU Liangyong.② The Exhibition of Studies on Human Settlements of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, was exposed on the International Exhibition of practice of sustainable urban development.③ As one of the achievements of the project sponsored by National Fund for Natural Sciences and directed by Professor GU Chaolin of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University the book titled Pattern, Process, and Mechanism of China’s Urbanization, published by the Science Press was released on the World Urban Forum on Nov. 5.④ On the theme forum of Jiangsu: Request for Harmonious Development Amid Rapid Urbanization, which was sponsored by Jiangsu Provincial Government as one of the major activities of the forum, Professor MAO Qizhi of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University was invited to deliver a speech.⑤ On the Annual Conference of Academic Committee of Historic and Cultural Cities of Urban Planning Society of China & International Seminar on Urban Renovation, which was one of the academic activities of the Fourth World Urban Forum held in Southeast University, Professor ZHANG Jie of School of Architecture of Tsinghua University delivered a speech.⑥ On the meeting titled Reflection and Contemplation after Earthquake in Wenchuan held by the Urban Planning Society of China, as a partner conference of the Fourth World Urban Forum, Professor YUAN Xin, the Deputy Director of Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design Institute, was invited to deliver a speech.

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