The Hong Kong Institute of Planners
Education and Training Committee
Planners in China in the 1920s and the American Planning Association
in the 2010s
Prof. Sidney Wong
The 1919 “on urban planning” (都市規劃論) by Sun Ke (孫科) was followed with planning publications written by notable urban experts like Dong Xiujia (董修甲) and Zhang Rui (張銳). Among others, they brought the garden city idea and municipal administration to China. In contrast, the next generation of planners was returning architects and engineers who participated in the 1929 National Capital Plan of Nanjing led by Ernest Goodrich. This plan represented the apex of the China’s planning movement. Eighty years later, planning in America has departed from its roots in civic design, municipal administration, and public health. It has become more regulatory, professionalized and politicalized. The American Planning Association (APA) with a membership of 25,000 is taking a new role of marketing planning in an increasing conservative climate. It recently re-branded its image to dissociate with the public perception that planners are too progressive. It is now focusing building the case that planning can add value to society.
The seminar is first to introduce China's planning pioneers and reflects on early planning traditions in the short-lived planning movement in the 1920s. Then it devotes to the sharing the experience of the APA based on the speaker’s involvement in the Executive Committee of the APA's Maryland Chapter.
Prof. Sidney Wong has an undergraduate degree in economics and a master’s degree in urban studies from HKU, and an M. Sc. in town planning at the University of Wales. After obtaining a doctoral degree in planning at UC Berkeley, he served as a postdoc fellow at USC before started his teaching and research career at Florida International University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Morgan State University.
In the 1980s he served as an assistant town planner and later a town planner in the Hong Kong Government. He continued his planning practice in the World Bank in 1990 and then as a consultant in fiscal impact analysis and employment and population forecast. His recent articles include “Architects and Planners in the Middle of a Road War,” and “The Planning Connection between Clarence Stein and Liang Sicheng.” He just finished an article on Liang Sicheng’s planning ideas and another one on New Jersey’s affordable housing program. He is working on an article entitled, “Writing the Greater Beijing Plan of 1950.”
Date: 20 January 2014 (Monday)
Venue: HKIP Office (Unit 201, 2/F, Prosperity Millennia Plaza, 663 King’s Road, North Point,
Registration deadline: 15 January 2014 (Wednesday)
*the seminar is free of charge