Global scholars ponder urban planning in Shanghai
Updated: 2017-05-16


A symposium on global urban planning, initiated by the University of Melbourne in Australia, takes place at Tongji University in Shanghai from April 19 to 23. [Photo provided to]

Tongji University hosted its second symposium on global urban planning from April 19 to 23.

Jointly organized by Tongji and Australia's University of Melbourne, the event was also attended by some 30 experts from elite colleges including Tsinghua University, Renmin University, Nanjing University and Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University.

The participants found inspiration in Shanghai's most ancient and modern developments on April 19, as the group paid visits to the 1,300-year-old remains of Xinchang ancient town and Lin'gang New City, the "brain" of the city's emerging intelligent manufacturing industry.


Participants attending the symposium on global urban planning visit Lingang New City on April 19, the "brain" of Shanghai's intelligent manufacturing industry. [Photo provided to]

During their visit to the neighboring province of Zhejiang on April 21, the scholars gained a deeper understanding of Aficion, a themed town boasting China's first chocolate plant, first Lego toy factory and other children-targeted elements.

On the days of April 22 and 23, the participants brainstormed topics like the development of urban agglomerations, research of urban space, interactions between urban and rural areas, and investigations on the health of urban ecosystems, citing typical cities and regions from Australia, China, South Korea and Thailand.

The attendees spoke highly of the symposium, shared ideas on the theme and running of the event, and said they looked forward to more exchanges in the future.


Participants attending the symposium on global urban planning brainstorm topics such as the development of urban agglomerations on April 22 and 23. [Photo provided to]

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