Organisers | 组织单位

Royal College of Art (RCA) | 英国皇家艺术学院

Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST) | 华中科技大学

New Architecture (NA) | 新建筑杂志社


Date:  Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Time:  9:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00
Venue:  Room 110, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, HUST

This symposium discusses how social projects, spaces and realities shape three contexts critical to understanding urban design and planning in China: changes in government and governance; the history of collective spatial development in relationship to current community developments; and socio-spatial changes in urban and rural developments. The event will be an exchange of urban research on how a national collectivisation in the 1950s created rural people’s commune and urban danwei systems and how this important heritage of Chinese modernity laid the foundations to today’s urban problems and predominance of neighbourhood-scale communal developments. Their socio-spatial design, despite extensive policy reforms since 1978, continue to control access to public infrastructures and services, but also created resilient governance and new community-building models. The symposium further aims to discuss a new interdisciplinary approach to urban design in China that offers alternatives to Western-centric theory and practice and insights into global challenges of community-led developments.


Programme  |  会议日程

Morning Session  |  上半场

  • 09:00–09:10 Welcome by Tan Gangyi (Professor and Vice Dean, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, HUST)
  • 09:10–10:00 Collective Forms in China |中国集体形制Sam Jacoby (Research Leader of School of Architecture, RCA) and Cheng Jingru | 程婧如 (Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Architecture, RCA)
  • 10:00-10:30 A New Danwei Model | 新单位主义与城市生活圈规划, Chai Yanwei | 柴彦威 (Professor, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University)
  • 10:30-11:00 The Danwei System’s Composition and its Spatial Effects | 单位制度的构成及其空间效应, Liu Tianbao | 刘天宝 (Associate Professor, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Liaoning Normal University)
  • 11:00-11:30 Spatial Prototypes of China’s Danwei System: An Exploratory Perspective | 中国单位制度空间范型的探索性分析, Xiao Zuopeng | 肖作鹏 (Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen)
  • 11:30-12:00 The Numerically Coded Danwei and its Formal Interpretation | 用数字代码命名的单位及其形态解读, Tan Gangyi | 谭刚毅 (Professor and Vice Dean, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, HUST)
  • 12:00-12:30 Discussion 
  • 12:30–14:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session  |  下半场

  • 14:00-14:30 Urban Design Practice and Rethinking the Renewal of Old Neighbourhoods in Wuhan | 武汉城市设计实践历程及老社区改造思考, He Honghu | 何鸿鹄 (Principal Engineer, Wuhan New DistrictBranch, Wuhan Planning and Design Institute)
  • 14:30-15:00 The Formation and Transformation of the Community Governance System | 社区治理体制的形成与演变, Wang Defu | 王德福 (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Wuhan University)
  • 15:00-15:30 The Return of the City and the Rethinking of Residents’ Autonomy | “找回”城市与“袪魅” 的居民自治, Zhang Xuelin | 张雪霖 (Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Wuhan University)
  • 15:30-16:00 The Myth of Un-gated Neighbourhood: The Space and History of Gubei Community | 开放街区之谜——古北新城的空间与历史, Tan Zheng | 谭峥 (Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University)
  • 16:00-16:30 The Practice of Community Design and Empowerment in Mainland China | 社区营造的中国大陆实践 , Wu Nan | 吴楠 (Founder, Bamboo Community Mutual Association, Nanjing)
  • 16:30-17:30 Concluding discussion

WORKSHOP  |  工作坊

Date:   Wednesday 4th July 2018
Time:   9:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00
Venue: Room 110,School of Architecture and Urban Planning, HUST

China’s communal development represents an important contemporary case of the interrelationships between governance, built environment and social transformation, and offers insights into new social relationships and social networks of care needed for intergenerational and sustainable future communities with equitable access to public infrastructures and services. These are important considerations to rethink interdisciplinary approaches to urban design and urban studies.


Main Case Study: Wisdom City Community, Guanshan Sud-district, Wuhan  |  主要案例:武汉关山智慧城社区

Programme  |  工作坊日程

09:00–10:00 Briefing by Zhang Xuelin and Wang Defu10:00–12:00 Site visit (Wisdom City Community) and meeting with community leaders (led by Zhang Xuelin, Wang Defu, Tan Gangyi and community leaders) | 场地调研:智慧城社区

12:00–14:00 Lunch

14:00–17:00 Workshop: How can we better understand urban studies and urban design as an interdisciplinary practice and how can this practice contribute to social and spatial policy considerations–the case of the Wisdom City Community? | 讨论议题:我们如何更好地从跨学科实践的角度理解城市研究和城市设计?这项实践如何对社会政策与空间政策的考量产生影响?

17:00–18:00 Concluding Roundtable

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