The 2015 Workshop of “Towards 2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanization” Successfully Held at School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
During Sept. 13 – 18, 2015, the 2015 Workshop of “Towards 2050: Developing a Sino-Dutch Approach for Sustainable Urbanization” was successfully held at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. The workshop was initiated in 2014, jointly sponsored by the Netherlands Creative Industries Fund NL, the Embassy of the Netherlands in China, and Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning. It was hosted by the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. Participating agencies included: Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Utrecht Municipal Government, Delft University of Technology, World Bank Beijing Branch, VenhoevenCS architecture + urbanism, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design, China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute, and Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. At the Workshop, 23 planners, architects, scholars, and students from China and the Netherlands, explored the planning and design of the surrounding area of Tongzhou High Speed Railway Station (currently under construction) through close cooperation. They discussed the problems and challenges of regional development from perspectives of economy, space, transportation, environment, and policy, based on which they proposed comprehensive solutions from micro, meso, and macro levels. It was to investigate various challenges, public transportation-guided development, and Sino-Dutch approaches for sustainable urbanization during the rapid urbanization of China’s metropolitan regions. The Workshop is one of the important activities of Beijing Design Week, and is dedicated to constructing a Sino-Dutch platform on knowledge and experience exchange concerning spatial planning, urbanization process, mobility, urban economic development, water management, agricultural development, etc.