Doctor Qiu Bao-xing, Vice Chairperson, Committee of Population, Resources and Environment of The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), PRC; Former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), PRC
Date: 11 August 2014 (Monday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Place: K223, Knowles Building, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
The urbanisation of Mainland China just exceeds 50%. That means 50% of China population now lives in cities. It is a general understanding that in each year from now on, 1% more population (that means 13 million) will settle in cities and this trend will continue for 15 to 20 years in the future. How to achieve a sustainable urbanism is therefore prevalent. Compact city, sustainable transportation emphasizing pedestrianisation, cycling, public transport, green buildings, low-carbon strategies, inclusive urban spaces, low-cost availability of public services and other sustainable urban policies should be treasured as our survival kit in an urban age. Doctor Qui Bao-xing is definitely one of the most prominent built environment professionals who can enlighten us on the urbanisation challenges and remedies of Mainland China.
About the Speaker
Dr Qiu Bao-xing (仇保興) was born in 1953 and studied in Fudan University and Tongji University. He has two Ph.D degrees, one in Economics and one in engineering. He has Senior Town Planner qualification. He was the mayor of Hangzhou from 1999 to 2001, and the Vice Minister of Construction from 2001 to 2008. He continued to be the Vice Minister till 2014 after the Ministry of Construction was restructured to form Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in 2008. He was commonly referred as an “academic minister”, reflecting his status as an academic also. He is the author of several books in planning and urbanisation including 《和諧與創新——快速城鎮化進程中的問題、危機與對策》(“Harmony and Innovation – Rapid Urbanization : Problem, Crisis and Remedies”). Dr Qiu is famous for his insights and straight talks on urban issues in Mainland China.
Dr Qiu had repeatedly made very clear his views that a healthy urbanisation has to safeguard five baselines - the co-ordination development of towns and cities of different scales, the complementary development of cities and country, compact urbanism, safeguarding against "ghost towns", conservation of cultural and natural heritages. In 2005, Dr Qiu, making reference to overseas experience, introduced the planning inspector system and sent out 116 planning inspectors to the 103 cities, the comprehensive plan of which have to be approved by the Minister of Construction. Recently, he is also concerned how to improve the quality, location and social integration of subsidized housing units.
The seminar would be conducted in Putonghua.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) equivalent hours : 1 hour
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The Hong Kong Institute of Planners, The Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning of the University of Hong Kong