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The New Normal: Inheritance and Innovation— Annual Conference of China City Planning 2015 Successfully Held in Guiyang
The Annual Conference of China City Planning 2015 (abbreviated as the Conference hereafter) was held from Sept. 19 – 21 in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou Province. The Conference was jointly sponsored by the Urban Planning Society of China (abbreviated as UPSC hereafter) and the Guiyang Municipal Government, co-organized by the Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Guizhou Province, and hosted by Guiyang Urban-Rural Planning Bureau. Experts and professionals gathered from all parts of the country to participate in the discussion on the conference’s theme: “The New Normal: Inheritance and Innovation.”

On the first day, Shi Nan, Secretary General of the Urban Planning Society of China, chaired the Opening Ceremony at the Plenary Session, followed by speeches delivered by Yu Binyang, Deputy Director of the Urban-Rural Planning Division of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Mu Degui, Vice-Governor of Guizhou Provincial Government, and Chen Shaorong, member of the CPC Standing Committee of Guiyang Municipal Committee and Executive Vice-Mayor. At the Opening Ceremony, the Urban Planning Society of China commended winners in a series of academic and public-service planning activities, as well as their supporting units and individuals, through which to advocate the scientific spirits and commonweal values of urban-rural planning.

Following the Opening Ceremony were eight keynote speeches by experts from the fields of economics, sociology, public management, and urban-rural planning. Through in-depth multi-dimensional interpretations on the conference’s theme, these speeches jointly showcased cutting-edge academic achievements. The eight experts were: Qiu Baoxing, Counselor of the State Council, Director of UPSC, and Director of the Chinese Society for Urban Studies; Chen Gang, member of the CPC Standing Committee of the Guizhou Provincial Committee, and Secretary of Guiyang Municipal Party Committee; Wang Jun, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Outlook Weekly (a news magazine held by Xinhua News Agency); Guo Renzhong, Inspector of the Shenzhen Planning and Land Resources Committee and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; He Yanling, Professor and Director of the Institute of Chinese Urban and Regional Governance at the Sun Yat-sen University; Luo Jiade, Professor of Sociology at Tsinghua University; Liu Shouying, Research Fellow and Deputy Secretary of the Academic Council of Development Research Center of the State Council; Yang Baojun, Executive Director of UPSC, Chairman of the Academic Council of Urban Master Planning of UPSC, and Vice President of the China Academy of Urban Planning & Design.

Under the new normal, urban planning is faced with difficulties, particularly in urban renewal, multi-plan integration, urban transportation, etc. Hot topics such as sponge city, big data, community building, and “mass entrepreneurship, mass innovation” emerged. To orient research thoughts for these problems, the Conference established 46 parallel sessions under the joint participation of top planning administration, research, and education units nationwide. It consisted of 24 thematic sessions, 18 free forums, two special forums, one theme forum, and one work meeting, with a coverage of the latest theoretical and practical achievements in the field of urban-rural planning, as well as numerous hot and difficult topics among the urban-rural planning circle. The Conference adopted an open organization mode which enabled an active interaction between speakers and audiences.

Besides, UPSC launched a “Youth Supporting Program” at the Conference, and established 7 special earlier-career sessions. Through commending young scholars’ research in public services and implementing the “Youth Supporting Program,” UPSC hoped to promote scientific spirits and commonweal values among the urban-rural planning circle, to provide a better platform conducive to young scholars’ growth, and eventually to support the inheritance and innovation of urban-rural planning under the new normal.

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