Urbanization has been a driving force for economic and social change in China and Asia for decades. However, demographic change, policy shifts, climate change, and the pandemic have all impacted the future of cities in this region. The Columbia Alumni Association of Singapore is hosting Professor Weiping Wu (Professor of Urban Planning, and Director of the Urban Planning programs at Columbia GSAPP) for a discussion on how cities will cope with new challenges. This event is supported by the China Society.
Date and time: Tuesday August 15, 6-7:30PM
Venue: Chui Huay Lim Club, 190 Keng Lee Road
Tickets: $10 for paid members of CAA Singapore or the China Society, $20 for non-members
About Professor Weiping Wu
Trained in architecture and urban planning, Professor Wu has focused her research and teaching on understanding urban dynamics in developing countries in general and China in particular. She is an internationally acclaimed urban and planning scholar working on global urbanization with a specific expertise in issues of migration, housing, and infrastructure of Chinese cities. Her publications include nine books, as well as many articles in top international journals. Her published work has gained an increasing public presence, particularly her book The Chinese City (now in second edition). It offers a critical understanding of China’s urbanization, exploring how the complexity of Chinese cities both conforms to and defies conventional urban theories and experience of cities elsewhere around the world. Her most recent book is China Urbanizing: Impacts and Transitions, gathering an interdisciplinary group of scholars to capture the phenomenon of urbanization in its historical and regional variations, and explores its impact on the country’s socioeconomic welfare, environment and resources, urban form and lifestyle, and population and health. It also provides new perspectives to understand the transitions underway and the gravity of the progress, particularly in the context of demographic shifts and climate change.