Urban China: a Society in Transition

China’s urbanization rate is growing faster than any country has ever experienced. Cities are transformed overnight. Modern high-rises replace traditional low-rise mix-use buildings. Highways and arterials replace narrow roads designed for pedestrians and bicycles. What does fast urban development mean for China and the world?

Derek Ireland, director and chief economist of Chreod Limited. will outline the challenges and opportunities of China’s economic and urban explosion.
Louis Musto, Manager, Large Export Projects, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, will discuss CMHC’s experience in the development of a sustainable residential community in Shanghai and the exportation of Canadian planning services to China.
Grace Fan, Urban Designer, Landscape Architect, Associate, Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, will share her perspective on the changes and challenges in China through the projects and exhibitions she has participated in.
Annie Cheung, Manager, Policy and Outreach, Canadian Institute of Planners, will moderate the lecture.