Urbanization in China: A Panel Discussion

While the population of China – the world’s most populous country – has stabilized over the last several decades, Chinese cities have grown exponentially. In the past 30 years some 300 million Chinese have moved from rural to urban areas. Shanghai, the world’s largest city, has grown by a whopping 12 million inhabitants since 1985. By contrast, Canada’s largest metropolitan area, Toronto, has added just over two million residents in the same period. 

Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism is hosting this Urbanization in China panel discussion on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. The event brings together a number of key experts to examine challenges associated with China’s rapid urbanization. Among the issues to be discussed are the so-called ghost city phenomenon (where housing and infrastructure are built in advance of population increases), the conservation of existing historically significant urban fabric in the face of immense pressure to intensify, the shift to high-rise living, and the changing landscape of public participation in urban development within China’s evolving political and social milieu.

The process of urbanization in China is by no means over; cities are expected to accommodate an additional 400 million residents by 2050. Come join in on the discussion and discover what Canada and China can learn from each other.

The panel discussion takes place in the PIT at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University in Ottawa.

For more information, please visit www.carleton.ca/confucius-institute/wp-content/uploads/forum2014-urbanization.pdf