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The International Workshop of Comparative Research on Urban Planning Systems in China, Japan, and France: Confluence and Diffluence
On Oct. 18, 2014, the International Workshop of Comparative Research on Urban Planning Systems in China, Japan and France was held at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. Ten experts from China, Japan, and France were invited to make presentations on the urban planning system of the three countries from various perspectives. Around 100 junior and senior scholars participated in heated exchanges and discussions on: “the relationship between social transition and urban planning system reforms” and “urban planning that is suitable to the new situation of socio-economic development.”

After three decades of rapid urbanization, China nowadays has to face the challenges of environmental and societal issues. At the same time, China’s urban development is standing at a critical crisscross of transition, which calls for fundamental reforms on the urban planning system. Considering that China, Japan, and France are all characterized by a centralized administration system, the transition of the urban planning system in Japan and France during the transformation of their socio-economic development could be a useful reference for China.

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