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The 6th International Association for China Planning (IACP) Conference Held in School of Urban Design, Wuhan University
On Jun. 19, the three-day 6th International Association for China Planning (IACP) Conference successfully completed all meeting agendas and came to the end in the School of Urban Design, Wuhan University. Mr. GENG Hongbing, Deputy Secretary-General of UPSC delivered the keynote speech on the closing ceremony. This conference was co-hosted by IACP, Wuhan University, Land Resources and Urban Planning Bureau of Wuhan, and UPSC. Surrounding the theme of “China’s Urbanization in Transition: Challenges and Opportunities,” more than 200 scholars and experts from China and all over the world exchanged ideas and views on such topics as urban economics, theoretical and historical studies on urban planning, housing and community development, urban environmental planning, land-use policies, urban transportation planning, urban design, international experience and innovations, analytical methods for urban studies, and regional development issues.

Held in the morning of Jun. 18, the opening ceremony was presided over by Prof. ZHANG Ming, Dean of School of Urban Design, Wuhan University. Mr. ZHAN Shiliang, Deputy Director of Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Hubei Province; and Prof. CHEN Xueming, President of UPSC Council, made remarks respectively at the ceremony. Prof. Robert Cervero from the University of California-Berkeley, Prof. Niraj Verma from the University of Virginia, Prof. Chris Webster from the University of Cardiff, Prof. ZHANG Tingwei from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Deputy Director WU Zhiling of Land Resources and Urban Planning Bureau of Wuhan delivered the keynote speech respectively.

The conference set up a special session for Wuhan, in which the colleges and universities as well as scientific research institutions of “Wuhan Urban Study Network” explored the urban development strategy of Wuhan in the transitional period, and proposed constructive suggestions for the issues such as building Wuhan as a “national central city.” During the conference, a special seminar was also held to commemorate the works and achievements of Prof. ZHANG Zaiyuan, the late Dean of School of Urban Design, Wuhan University.

IACP is the largest overseas organization of scholars, professional planners, and students that pays close attention to the urban-rural planning of China, which provides an exchange and discussion platform for the events of China’s urban-rural planning. IACP builds up a bridge for China’s urban planning scholars to exchange with the outside world, provides a forum for the dialogue between urban planning theory and practice, and creates an exchange and interaction platform for its members. From 2007 to 2011, IACP had successfully held international academic conferences centering on urban development and planning of China for five times in succession.

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