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In July 2013, the Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS), the American Architectural Foundation (AAF), and Otis, a United Technologies Company, hosted what Chinese officials dubbed the first Sino-U.S. City Design Summit. This bilateral dialogue on the future of urbanization and sustainability in China and the United States brought together some of the world’s foremost experts on eco-city development. The Summit was held in conjunction with the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development’s 2013 Conference on Urban Development and Planning. Over the course of two days, more than 400 delegates attended the Summit, including Chinese mayors, government officials, and city design professionals.

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ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Qiu Baoxing, Vice Minister, Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development; President, Chinese Society for Urban Studies

Li Xun, General Secretary, Chinese Society for Urban Studies

Tony Black, President, Otis China Limited

Ron Bogle, President & CEO, American Architectural Foundation

Randy Bumps, Manager, Community Affairs, United Technologies Corporation

Mark de Groh, Director of Knowledge Management and Innovation, American Architectural Foundation

Ding Wen, Director, Corporate Communications, UTIO China

Thomas Downie, Director, Worldwide Communications, Otis

George Ko, Vice President, Greater China Distribution & Aftermarket, UTC CCS

Benjamin Ou, Director, Chinese Government Affairs, UTIO China

S. C. Xiao, President, UTIO China

PANELISTS, PRESENTERS, and MODERATORS

Ron Bogle, President & CEO, American Architectural Foundation

Chen Bingzhao, Professor and Doctoral Student Tutor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University

Sandy Diehl, Chair, Board of Regents, American Architectural Foundation; CEO & Founder, SD Global Advisors, Inc.

Dong YanFang, Deputy Dean, Urban Plan and Design Institute of the China Architecture Design & Research Group

Roger E. Frechette III, Principal, Interface Engineering

Li Aimin, Project Leader, Eco-City Planning and Building Center, Chinese Society for Urban Studies

Li Congxiao, Director Green Building Studies Center, Chinese Society for Urban Studies

Steve Ma, Senior Associate, Director of Marketing + Business Development, Asia Pacific, HOK

Bill McGee, Design Principal, Jacobs/KlingStubbins

Bernd Seegers, Chief Engineer, Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute

Su Daming, Chief Engineer, China Academy of Building Research, Shanghai Institute

Sun Jiangning, Planner, Chinese Society for Urban Studies

John Syversten, Vice Chair, Board of Regents, American Architectural Foundation; Senior Principal, Cannon Design

Chris Twinn, Arup Fellow & Director, Arup

Bing Wang, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Wang Panyan, Deputy Dean, Urban Construction Institute

Wang Tao, Lecturer, School of Management Science and Engineering, Central University of Finance and Economics

Wang Xianmin, General Secretary, International Rooftop Landscaping Association

Benjamin Ward, Regional Design Director, Gensler

Monte Wilson, Director of Advance Planning Group, Jacobs

Frederick Wong, Associate Director, Arup (China)

Sylvester Wong, Senior Urban Designer, Urban Design and Master Planning, Gensler

Wu Zhiqiang, Vice President, Tongji University

Yang Fuqiang, Senior Counsel, Natural Resources Defense Council

Zhai Chaoqin, Asia Technical Director of Environmental Market Solutions Inc. (EMSI)

AGENDA

Session 1: From Green Building to Green Eco-districts

  • Technologies and Standards for Eco-districts
  • Policies and Actions for Eco-districts

Session 2: Ecological Civilization Development and the Transformation of Urban Development

  • The Status and Trends of Global Urbanization
  • The Objectives and Design of New Types of Urbanization

Session 3: A Comparison of Urbanization Processes in the U.S. and China

  • The Differences between Urbanization in the U.S. and China
  • A Tale of Two Cities: Eco-cities in the U.S. and China

CONVENING ORGANIZATIONS

The Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS) is a national, non-profit, and academic organization formed freely by urban researchers, scholars, practitioners, and by a wide range of governmental agencies in social, economic, cultural, environmental, planning, construction, and management fields, as well as by research and educational institutions and enterprises. It plays an important role in facilitating and advancing China’s urban research programs. CSUS is committed to comprehensive research on critical issues in social and economic development, culture, the environment, urban planning, construction, and management. It advances urban scientific theories; promotes their applications of city science; helps urban research professionals to grow; and drives coordinated development of the economy, society, and the environment. www.chinasus.org

The China Green Building Council of the Chinese Society for Urban Studies (China GBC) was founded in March 2008. It is an academic organization dedicated to researching theories and technology integration from green buildings and building energy efficiency that are best suited for Chinese realities, and to supporting the government in promoting green building development in China. Members of China GBC include experts, scholars, and professionals in the green building and building energy-efficiency areas in research institutes, universities, design, property development, construction, manufacturing, and industry administrations. China GBC’s scope of operation is to conduct research on theories relating to green building and building energy efficiency, enhance academic exchange and international cooperation, organize professional and technical training, compile and publish academic publications, organize public outreach and education programs to promote knowledge of green buildings, and provide consulting services to relevant government departments and business entities. www.gbmap.org

The Washington, DC-based American Architectural Foundation (AAF) was founded in 1943. AAF’s programs focus on solutions in sustainability and urbanization that promote economic, social, cultural, and environmental vibrancy. In the past 10 years alone, AAF has collaborated directly and intensively with more than 500 U.S. mayors and federal officials, including every major U.S. city and many federal leaders at the White House, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, and Environmental Protection Agency. To bring the best solutions to civic and governmental leaders, AAF engages a network of more than 500 architects, city planners, and other design professionals who are recognized around the world for the depth and diversity of their expertise. The impact of AAF’s work is visible in the design of cities across the United States.

The Washington, DC-based Otis Elevator Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products including elevators, escalators, and moving walkways. With headquarters in Farmington, Connecticut, Otis employs more than 60,000 people, offers products and services in more than 200 countries and territories, and maintains over 1.8 million elevators and escalators worldwide. Otis’ energy efficient solutions are widely deployed to meet different needs: from shopping centers to metro stations to skyscrapers, with the aid of comprehensive service and modernization programs. The company’s products have been adopted in eight of ten of the buildings to hold the title of “world’s tallest” in the past century. www.otis.com

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries. Its commercial businesses are Otis elevators and escalators and UTC Climate, Controls & Security, which includes Carrier heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems; building controls and automation from brands such as Automated Logic and Lenel; as well as fire and security solutions from brands such as Kidde and Chubb. Its aerospace business are Sikorsky helicopters and support; Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines; and UTC Aerospace Systems advanced aerospace and defense products. www.utc.com

In addition, AAF turned to our partners at Arup, Gensler, HOK, Interface Engineering, Jacobs/KlingStubbins, and Leo A Daly–some of the world’s top design, engineering, and development firms–to lend their knowledge and experience to the proceedings. To represent the Chinese perspective, CSUS selected some of the leading thinkers and practitioners of city design in China.

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Status and Trends of Global Urbanization,” Chris Twinn, Arup Fellow & Director, Arup

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