Urban Development and Planning in China :
China Planning Network (CPN) 3rd Annual Conference

Beijing, China
June 14-16, 2006


Biographies of Invited Speakers


Abramson, Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin Abramson is Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, Adjunct in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and is also member of the UW China Studies faculty.  He holds a BA in History from Harvard University, and masters degrees in Architecture and City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Following his participation in the joint MIT-Tsinghua University Urban Design Studio in Beijing in 1992, he remained at Tsinghua to earn a doctorate in Urban Planning in 1997, and then a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia's Centre for Human Settlements.  He has joined and led numerous international field studios in China, and has undertaken community planning and historic preservation projects in Beijing and in Quanzhou, Fujian.


Bhattasali, Deepak

Deepak Bhattasali returned to the World Bank¡¯s headquarters in Washington DC after a five-year stint in Beijing, where he was Chief of the Economics Unit and Lead Economist for China with the World Bank¡¯s China Program. Prior to that, in the World Bank Group he has worked in IFC¡¯s Capital Markets Department, in the Eastern Africa industry and finance sector department, and on several country desks¡ªincluding Yugoslavia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ethiopia and China, and as the economic adviser to the two Vice Presidents for Sub-Saharan Africa. He has been on two field assignments for the World Bank¡ª Indonesia (1985-89) and China (1999-2004). In-between, in 1996, he was on a staff exchange program in Asia with Hewlett-Packard. Since April, Mr. Bhattasali has been supporting the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, former US President Bill Clinton, representing the World Bank and assisting on aid management and economics issues.

Mr. Bhattasali has a Ph.D. in economics, and studied in Delhi, Tokyo and Boston. Prior to joining the World Bank Group through its Young Professionals Program, he worked with a Japanese government aid agency in Tokyo, in the economics-teaching faculty at Boston University, and as an economist with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. He has also taught at Georgetown University and the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Bhattasali has specialized in finance, trade and growth. His recent publications include a 2003 volume on intergovernmental fiscal relationships and a 2004 volume entitled China and the WTO: Accession, Policy Reform and Poverty Reduction Strategies, in addition to a number of articles on East Asian growth, trade, fiscal and financial issues.


Bray, David

David Bray holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Chinese, and a PhD in Political Science, both from the University of Melbourne, Australia. His studies have included more than three years in China spent variously at Shandong Teachers¡¯ University, Beijing Language Institute, Beijing University and the Chinese University of Politics and Law. He has taught at RMIT and Monash University (both in Melbourne, Australia) and at Cambridge University (UK). He currently lectures in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney ( Australia). He is the author of Social Space and Governance in Urban China: the Danwei System from Origins to Reform (Stanford, 2005). His current research is on contemporary developments in urban governance and urban spatial transformation in China.


Chang, Yung Ho

Chang was born in Beijing in 1956, received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984, and became a licensed architect in the U.S. in 1989. He has been practicing in China since 1992 and established Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ) in 1993. Currently, he is the Principal Architect of Atelier FCJZ as well as Head of Architecture Department at MIT. He has won a number of prizes, such as First Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1987, a Progressive Architecture Citation Award in 1996, and the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts. This year, he received an Academy Award in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has published seven books and monographs so far, the latest one in English/French entitled Yung Ho Chang / Atelier Feichang Jianzhu: A Chinese Practice. He has taught at various architecture schools in the USA, including Ball State, Michigan, U.C. Berkeley, Rice, and Harvard, where he was the Kenzo Tange Chair Professor of 2002. In 1999, he founded the Peking University Graduate Center of Architecture and still remains as its Head.


Ciochetti, Brian Anthony

Tony Ciochetti is the Thomas G. Eastman Chair and Chairman of the MIT Center for Real Estate. His primary responsibilities at MIT are to enhance the Center's mission of improving the global built environment through industry relevant research and to promote more informed professional practice. He is also involved in teaching topics in real estate finance and development. Prior to his appointment at MIT, Dr. Ciochetti was the Director of the Center for Real Estate Development and a Professor of Finance at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Ciochetti is also a visiting Professor in the Department of Land Economy at Cambridge University in England. Professor Ciochetti's teaching areas of expertise include Commercial Real Estate Development and Real Estate Finance. He has created or taught course in these areas at MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Ciochetti also teaches executive courses on such topics as real estate development, portfolio and asset management, and asset securitization for both industry and academic organizations.

Dr. Ciochetti's research interests lie in two broad areas: commercial mortgage credit risk, and the role of real estate within pension plan portfolios. His work has appeared in leading scholarly journals, including Real Estate Economics, the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and the Journal of Real Estate Research. Tony is currently the President of the Real Estate Research Institute, where he is also an academic fellow, and serves on the Board of Directors of Real Estate Economics. He also serves on the editorial and advisory boards of Real Estate Finance and CMBS World. He regularly consults on behalf of investment banks, rating agencies, institutional clients and development companies. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Ciochetti spent 12 years in the private sector in the areas of commercial real estate development and consulting.

Dr. Ciochetti received his B.A. in Finance from the University of Oregon, and both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Crane, Randall

Professor Crane (PhD, MIT) studies urban environmental and development problems. Some are applied, such as the value and provision of urban services in developing countries, environmental
governance reform, and transportation policy. Others involve more basic research on planning mechanisms and behavioral responses to public policies, such as urban design/transportation linkages, the determinants of metropolitan structure, and the measure, meaning, and governance of sprawl.

Recent projects analyze a number of development planning questions with nuanced behavioral elements, including gender and travel, housing affordability and crowding, water governance, housing/labor markets dynamics, bigbox retail, and the state of academic research on sprawl and smart growth. He also just completed service on a National Research Council committee that produced the report, Does the Built Environment Influence Physical Activity?, National Academies Press, 2005. Internationally, Crane has conducted research and consulted in China, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand, and Yemen, and was a Fulbright professor at the Colegio de M¨¦xico in
> Mexico City. ?His book, Travel by Design: The Influence of Urban Form on Travel, Oxford, 2001 (with Marlon Boarnet) is positioned as the reference monograph on the topic. Two books in progress include The Market for Shelter: U.S. Housing Conditions & Behaviors, 1985-2005, and The Death and Life of Smart Growth (with Daniel Chatman). The next will focus on Chinese urbanization.


Deng, Lan

Lan Deng is an assistant professor in Urban Planning at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. (1999), and B.S. (1996) in geography from Beijing University. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of housing economics and policy, real estate and urban development, and local public finance. She has conducted research on the economic efficiency and equity outcome of federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, the relationship between architecture standard and community development, and the impacts of federal housing investment on neighborhood change. Her website is: http://sitemaker.umich.edu/landeng


De Monchaux, John

Professor of Architecture and Planning, Former Dean, MIT School of Architecture and Planning (1981-1992). Prior to 1981, principal planner with Kinhill Pty. Ltd., a planning, design, and engineering firm in Australia. Previously a principal in the Llewelyn-Davies firms of architects and planners in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Responsible for projects in Australia, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Canada, and the United States, including a major program for slum upgrading and new sites and services housing in the Philippines. Founding Chairman of the Boston Civic Design Commission 1988- 1992. From 1992 to 1996, General Manager (part-time) of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a foundation based in Geneva concerned with the quality of architecture and human opportunity in the Muslim world.A principal with Suzanne Beauchamp de Monchaux in a consulting practice devoted to urban design, research and planning.


Dimitriou, Harry

Harry Dimitriou is Bartlett Professor of Planning Studies at University College London (UCL) and sometime Head of the Bartlett School of Planning. He is Director designate of the Global Centre for Mega Projects in Transport and Development which is a VREF Centre of Excellence in Future Urban Transport due to be set up in October 2006 at UCL.  Professor Dimitriou holds a Diploma in Town and Regional Planning from the Leeds School of Town Planning (1969), an MSc.in Urban Science from the University of Birmingham (1970) and a PhD. in Transport and Urban Development from the University of Wales (1990). He has previously taught and undertaken research at Aalborg University, the University of Hong Kong, the Development Planning Unit at UCL and Sheffield University. He has also worked in British local government and in international consultancy practice in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East  Professor Dimitriou's principal areas of research and consultancy lie in the fields of: Urban Land-use/Transport Interaction and Planning, Urban Transport Policy and Sustainable Development, Mega Transport Infrastructure Planning and Impact Evaluation, Strategic Urban and Regional Panning, and Institution-building for Urban Development and Transport. Much of his work has concentrated on cities and regions in the Developing World, especially in Asia. He has held numerous advisory and consultancy positions, including for the European Commission, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Centre of Human Settlements and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. He is author/editor of a number books including: Transport Planning for Third World Cities (1990); Urban Transport Planning: A Developmental Approach, Routledge, London (1992); A Developmental Approach to Urban Transport Planning, Avebury, Aldershot (1995); Land-use/Transport Planning in Hong Kong, Ashgate, Aldershot (1998) and Strategic Planning for Regional Development in the UK (with Robin Thompson) Routledge, London (forthcoming 2006). He is currently preparing a book with John Ernst for Routledge on Motorization and Sustainable Development in Asian Cities and another (edited) book with Ralph Gakenheimer entitled Transport Policy-making and Planning for Cities of the Developing World, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. Further details of Professor Dimitriou bio may be found on http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/people/P_dimitriou.htm.


Doulet, Jean-Francois

Jean-Fran?ois Doulet holds a PhD in urban planning from the University of Paris . His research mainly focuses on urban mobility issues in China . He is the author of a book dedicated to automobile use in Beijing and Paris ( Paris-P¨¦kin, Civiliser l'automobile , Paris : Descartes et Cie, 2003). He is currently teaching geography and Chinese studies at the Paris Institute of Political Studies. Head of the China Programme of the NGO ¡°City on the Move¡± ( www.city-on-the-move.com ) since 2001, he manages projects with several Chinese partners in the field of architecture, urban transportation and urban planning.


Ferreira Jr., Joseph

Joseph Ferreira is Professor of Urban Planning and Operations Research and Head of Urban Information Systems in MIT¡¯s Urban Studies and Planning Department. His undergrad and PhD degrees are also from MIT (in electrical engineering and operations research). Prof. Ferreira teaches analytical methods and computer-based modeling for planning and urban management including courses involving extensive use of geographic information systems (GIS) and database management. His research interests involve the use of GIS and interactive spatial analysis tools to model land use and transportation planning, build sustainable information infrastructures for supporting urban and regional planning, and develop decision support systems for assessing and managing risk. Prof. Ferreira has published widely and is active in a number of professional organizations concerned with GIS and urban planning uses of computing. He is a past-president of URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) and has been principal investigator of numerous research projects involving interoperable geospatial services, metropolitan information infrastructure, and collaborative planning systems.


Freestone, Robert

Freestone, Robert is Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Development at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His research interests embrace urban planning history and he is currently President of the International Planning History Society. He is the author over 250 publications. His book Model Communities: The garden city movement in Australia (1989) has become a standard text on the development of Australian community planning. He has an international reputation in garden city history and has been an invited speaker at various international conferences addressing historical and contemporary aspects of the garden city idea, including Bournville (IPHS, 1989), Ithaca (Garden City to Green City, 1998), Tsukuba-Kobe (Garden City for the 21 st Century, 2001), and Hanoi (Garden City Concept for 21st Century Urbanization in Vietnam, 2004).


Frenchman, Dennis

Dennis Frenchman is Professor of the Practice of Urban Design at MIT, where he is Director of the City Design and Development group and chairs the Masters in City Planning program. He is also on the faculty of the Center for Real Estate. He is a founding principal of ICON architecture in Boston, an international architecture, urban design and planning firm. He has served as External Advisor on urban livability to World Bank President James Wolfenson and has led urban design programs in China, Korea, Italy, Spain, Israel, and Brazil. He also served on the boards of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Dennis Frenchman¡¯s practice and research focuses on the transformation of underutilized areas of cities, including many significant world heritage sites and districts. He has a particular interest in the redevelopment of industrial sites and has prepared plans for the renewal of textile mill towns, canals, rail corridors, steels mills, coal and oil fields, shipyards and ports. Among these, his plans for Lowell National Historical Park and the New York Urban Cultural Park System have become standards for urban cultural development in the US. He has played a major role in the renewal of downtown commercial centers and neighborhoods. Projects include the West Broadway Comprehensive Renewal Program, a national model for the revitalization of severely distressed public housing. He is an expert on the application of advanced communications and media to city design and has consulted to governments and firms on large-scale technology centered developments including Seoul Digital Media City, Korea; International Media Avenue, Beijing, China; Digital Mile, Zaragoza, Spain; Sapiens, Florianopolis, Brazil, and technology development in Cannes, France. His work in these areas has been widely published and has been citied three times as the most outstanding in the United States by the American Planning Association. He holds a Master of Architecture in Advanced Studies and a Master of City Planning Degree from MIT.


Hoffman, Lisa

Lisa Hoffman is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Studies Program at University of Washington, Tacoma. She has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology (UC Berkeley) and an MA in China Regional Studies (UW, Jackson School of International Studies). Her research interests include the emergence of urban professionalism in China; cultures of enterprise and entrepreneurialism in the production of cities and citizens; processes of rural urbanization; and neoliberal and socialist governmentalities. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Patriotic Professionalism and Entrepreneurial Cities: Governmentality and Urban Transformation in Late-Socialist China.


Kenny, Stuart

Kenny, Stuart is an economist by profession, initially specialised in East/West trade; his work included representing the UK on a number of EEC and United Nations Committees. In 1983 he was elected Chairman of a major NATO Aviation Committee. He then moved to Merseyside Task Force, where he had responsibility for the development of the Toxteth area in Liverpool and in 1988 he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Leeds Development Corporation, which became the country¡¯s most successful Urban Development Corporation. In late 1994 Stuart became Director General of Letchworth Garden City Corporation, leading it into the private sector in October 1995, as Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.


Kim, Annette M

Annette M. Kim has been an assistant professor at M.I.T.'s Department of Urban Studies and Planning since 2003. She holds degrees from University of California Berkeley (Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning and M.A. in Visual Studies), Harvard University (M.P.P.), and Wellesley College (B.A.). She has served as a consultant to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements, the World Bank, African and Asian governments, as well as community-based NGOs. Professionally, she worked as an architect of low-income housing and as a construction project manager of commercial projects in the United States . Her current research examines the reformation of property rights, the emergence of property markets, and urban development in European and Asian transition cities. She received the 2004 Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for the Best Dissertation in planning from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.


Kim, Euijune

Professor Euijune Kim holds a Ph.D. in Regional Science from Cornell University. He is currently teaching at  Seoul National  University, and his research interests include Spatial Economics and Development, Computable General Equilibrium Models, Multiregional Input-Output Models, and Economic Analysis of Infrastructure Investments. He is also one of co-editors of Annals of Regional Science.


Onishi, Takashi

Onishi is professor of the University of Tokyo since 1995 in the field of city planning and has published more than 300 papers and books in obtaining four academic awards. He is serving as a member of various central government councils and local government committees in the fields of city and regional planning. He taught city planning in AIT and did research in MIT. He made key-note speeches in conferences in Germany, France, USA, Korea, Indonesia and China besides in Japan. He is a visiting professor of United Nations University, a member of the board of IFHP, President of City Planning Institute of Japan.


Pan, Haixiao

Dr. PAN Haixiao , Proferssor of Urban Planning, Department of Urban Planning, Tongji University, China . Major research interesting in land use and transport planning, three books has been published by him. He has been involved in numerous practical exercise and studies on urban planning and transport planning commissioned by local governments He has also received grants from various research funding agencies, such as the transport and towns development in Shanghai region funded, the concept study of Shanghai 2010 Expo transport, Shanghai 2010 Expo Transport Management Framework funded by Shanghai Municipal Government. The Metro Transport and Urban Spatial Structure commissioned by China Nature Science Foundation.


Peng, Zhong-Ren

Dr. Zhong-Ren Peng is Professor of Urban Planning and Director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Information Research (http://casir.uwm.edu) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. His major research interests are in the areas of urban transportation planning, public transportation planning and operation management, geographic information systems (GIS) and its applications in transportation (GIS-T), Internet GIS, urban infromation techbology, land use and transportation interactions, and urban growth management. Dr. Peng is the principle author of the book "Internet GIS: Distributed geographic information services for the Internet and wireless networks" (Co-author Ming Hsiang Tsou), which was published in March 2003 by Wiley & Sons. Dr. Peng is serving on several professional organizations' Board of Directors, such as the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the International Association of China Planning (IACP). He is an editorial board member of the Journal of American Planning Association. More information is available at http://www.uwm.edu/~zpeng/.


Polenske, Karen R.

Karen R. Polenske, Professor of Regional Political Economy and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), has been at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 1972. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her excellence in regional economic, energy, and environmental research and teaching. Professor Polenske, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, is head of the International Development and Regional Planning (IDRP) group in DUSP. She is a member of the MIT Energy Research Council. Her recent research includes (1) a comparison of industrial energy-efficient technology options in the People¡¯s Republic of China (China) for cokemaking and steelmaking, (2) the socioeconomic effects in the North of China of Yellow Dust, (3) the productivity impacts of federal investments in the two-millimeter technology on the U.S. automobile, (4) socioeconomic impacts of the silent aircraft initiative in the United Kingdom, and (5) spatial dispersion of innovation.

This is Professor Polenske¡¯s 20 th year of work in China where she has given regional planning and related lectures in 23 of the provinces. Starting in 1997, she has been team leader of 15 faculty and students who conducted the Alliance for Global Sustainability (AGS) energy-efficiency research in China. They have concentrated on the cokemaking and steelmaking sectors in Shanxi and Liaoning provinces. The participants include chemical engineers, economists, physicists, and planners who are from China, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States. Her current research in China is on the effects of deindustrialization in major cities on land-use and land-recycling and a comparative analysis of energy-intensity (energy use per unit of output) changes in Brazil, China, and India¡ªthe three largest energy-consuming developing countries.

She has been director of the multiregional planning (MRP) research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 1972. She is past President of the International Input-Output Association. In 1996, she won the 1996 North American Regional Science Distinguished Scholar Award; in 1999, she received the Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning Margarita McCoy Award for outstanding service; and since 1995, she is a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International. Her publications include eight published books, the latest of which is on the cokemaking sector in China, and numerous articles in key economic, energy, environmental, and planning journals. Professor Polenske is a leading political economist who has conducted energy and environmental research for many years, especially in the United States and China


Po , Lanchih

Po Lanchih is associate professor of urban planning and regional economy at the Beijing Development Institute at Peking University.  She received her doctorate from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001.  Her research interests encompass divergent developmental paths in China¡¯s transitional economies, the globalization of producer services and the formation of China's city-regions, and the socio-economic transformations associated with China's (sub)urbanization process. 


Priemus, Hugo

Hugo Priemus (1942) is dean of the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management and professor in System Innovation Spatial Development at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.
In addition, since 2004, he is scientific director of the Habiforum programme Innovative Land Use, funded by Dutch government. He was educated as an architect and an economist.
1977 ¨C 2003: professor of Housing at Delft University of Technology
1985 ¨C 2003: managing director OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies, Delft University of Technology.
He was visiting professor in Leicester, Strasbourg and Glasgow.
2004: Honorary Doctor Phil, University of Uppsala, Sweden.


Saiki, Takahito

Professor at Kobe Design University, Architect .
B.E.., 1971, Hiroshima Institute of Technology; Ph.D., 1986, University of Tokyo; Research Associate, 1971-74, Hiroshima Institute of Technology; Technical Associate, 1977-87, University of Tsukuba; Lecturer, 1987-90, University of Tsukuba; Associate Professor, 1990-93, Kobe Design University; Professor, 1993-present, Kobe Design University; Visiting Researcher at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, 1989-90; Visiting Professor at University of Westminster, 1997-98; Awarded from The Architectural Institute of Japan, 1987; Organizer of ¡®New Garden City International Conference 2001¡¯. http://www.kobe-du.ac.jp/env/saiki/


Santos,Ad¨¨le Naud¨¦

Ad¨¨le Naud¨¦ Santos, FAIA, is an architect and urban designer whose career combines professional practice, research and teaching. Ms. Santos has won international design competitions, published work in journals worldwide, and has worked in cultures as diverse as Japan, Africa and the United States. Ms. Santos is currently Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, as well as principal architect in the San Francisco-based firm, Santos Prescott and Associates

Her academic career includes professorships within the graduate programs of UC Berkeley, Harvard, Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as Chairman of the Department of Architecture. She was also the founding Dean of the new School of Architecture at the University of California, San Diego, and has had numerous visiting appointments throughout the United States and the world, including Italy and in her native South Africa.

Recent projects in San Francisco include Yerba Buena Gardens Children¡¯s Center, John O'Connell High School, and Mission Creek Senior Housing, a mixed-use building which includes 140 housing units as well as office space and a branch of the public library. A recent project in San Diego is Island Market Centre, a mixed-use block comprising housing, retail, a community center and a church. In Hollywood, California, La Brea Franklin Housing won a first place award in an international competition for affordable multi-family housing. In Pennsylvania recent projects include the Center for the Arts at Albright College in Reading and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. In Japan, she has completed two housing projects in the city of Kitakyushu and a corporate guesthouse overlooking Tokyo Bay. Ms Santos' earlier career in South Africa was dominated by housing design, from low cost to luxury, and from single family houses to apartments and master plans.

Ms Santos received a diploma from the Architectural Association in London; she then earned three Masters' Degrees in the United States: Master of Architecture and Master of Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard. Ad¨¨le Naud¨¦ Santos is a registered architect who is certified by the NCARB and by the Architectural Registration Council of the United Kingdom. She has received numerous awards and honors including being named Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1996 and serves as a juror for numerous national and international design competitions and award programs. She has been published extensively in journals and books including in ¡¯03 in L¡¯Architecttura:cronache e storia #569 which contains a major article on her work.


Secchi Bernardo

Bernardo Secchi graduated in 1959 at the Milan Polytechnic under prof. Giovanni Muzio in 1960 he became assistant of the same prof. Muzio at the chair of Urbanistics, Faculty of Engineering, Milan Polytechnic. Meanwhile, he was appointed member the Scientific Committee of the Intercommunal Plan for the Milan area and head of the technical office of the selfsame plan, and following that, head of research at the Lombard institute of Economic and Social Studies (Ises).
In 1965 he was appointed professor of Territorial Economy, first at the Faculty of Economics of Ancona, and following that, at the Venice University Institute of Architecture. At the same time he worked with prof. Giuseppe Samon¨¤ on the study for the plan for the Province of Trento and studied the plan for the Valle d'Aosta.
Since 1974 he has been full professor of Urbanistics (Town planning and design); up to 1984 at the Milan Faculty of Architecture, where he was Principal from 1976 al 1982; from 1984 at the Venice University Institute of Architecture degree course in Architecture. Since 1986 he has also taught at the ¡°Ecole d'Architecture de G¨¨n¨¨ve¡±. In the years following that he held seminars and courses at the same institute, at the University of Leuven, at the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich, at the Paris Institute of Urbanism and at the Ecole d¡¯Architecture de Rennes. He received in 2004 the doctorat honoris causa by the Universit¨¦ Mend¨¨es France of Grenoble ( France).

Meanwhile he took part in the drawing up of the new general city plan of Madrid, and drew up the study of the new town plan for Jesi (1984-1987), Siena (1986-1990), Abano (1991-1992) and the plan for the Old Town Centre of Ascoli Piceno (1989-1993); he drew up the study of the territorial plan for La Spezia and the Val di Magra (1989-1993) and for the Province of Pescara, the new plan for Bergamo (1994), Prato (1996), Brescia, Pesaro, Narni and for the Salento region (Province of Lecce) in the South Italy.

He has designed public building quarters including the Plan for Economical and Popular Building at Vicenza, and was commissioned to draw up study for the recovery of the S¨¨cheron industrial area at Geneva (1989), a study for the plan of Rovereto (1992); he drew up the plan for renovation of a small center close to Prato (Garduna-Jolo 1988-1992), the study of a plan for the IP area of La Spezia; he designed a carpark-park in the 'area of Porta Torricella at Ascoli Piceno.

He won (1990) the competition for planning Hoog Kortrijk ( Belgium) where he was invited to take part along with other European urbanists and architects; he drew up the study for the plan of the city of Kortrijk (1991) and in particular developed the projects of the Great Square and the new Cemetery of the selfsame town. He took part as planning consultant and won the Ecopolis competition for the project of a new city in Ukraine (group directed by Vittorio Gregotti, 1993). Working with others he won the competition "Roma citt¨¤ del Tevere" (1993), project for work on the riverbank. Together with others he won the competition for the planning of Airport zone (Rectangle d'or) of Geneva (1996). Recently (2003) he won, with Paola Vigan¨°, the international competition for Spoornoord in Antwerp, the international competition for Ville-Port in S. Nazaire ( France) and the competition for La Courrouze-Rennes (France). In 2004 he won, with Paola Vigan¨°, the competition for the Theatre Plein in Antwerp. He has been "urbaniste conseil" (since 1996) for the ¡°Etablissement public Euromediterran¨¦e¡± for the planning of the central and port areas of Marseilles. He has been consultant since 1996 to the Genoa port Authorities for the drawing up of the general plan for the port. In 2004 he received an honoris causa doctorate by the Universit¨¦ Mend¨¨s-France in Grenoble and the special prize of the Jury of the Grand Prix d¡¯Urbanisme et de l¡¯Art Urbaine ¨¤ Paris.
He was a founder member and member of the editorial body of the Urban and Regional Study Archives: since 1982 he has been cooperating with continuity with the magazine Casabella and from 1984 to 1990 he directed Urbanistica. He has organized numerous planning competitions among which "the Bicocca project", Milan; "Community buildings", Salerno and has been part of numerous juries for architectural and urbanistic competitions ( Milan, Bicocca; Antwerp, Staad aan de Stroom; Bologna: stazione centrale; Como: Ticos area; Roma, Borghetto Flaminio; Geneva, Palais des Nations; Lyon, Grand prix des formation, etc.).


Shen, Qing

Qing Shen is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include urban transportation policy and metropolitan transportation and land use planning. Author of numerous publications in refereed journals, he has received research grants from the National Science Foundation and the New England University Transportation Center. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Planning Association and on the Committee on Telecommunications and Travel Behavior of the Transportation Research Board. In 2005, he was appointed by the President of Nanjing University, China, as the first Siyuan Chair Professor. Professor Shen was educated in China ( Zhejiang University), Canada ( University of British Columbia), and USA ( University of California, Berkeley). He received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley in 1993. Before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, he was an associate professor of urban studies and planning at MIT.


Shiffer, Michael J.

Shiffer is Vice President responsible for Planning and Development at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Clinical Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At CTA Shiffer spearheads the overall strategic and operations planning efforts of the second largest public transit system in the U.S. , including service scheduling and facilities development. He is responsible for a staff of planners, architects, engineers and other transit professionals in five departments. His research has focused on how information technologies can better inform deliberation, decision-making and public debate with a focus on spatial (geographic) information. Before returning to his native Chicago in 2000, Shiffer served for nine years on the MIT faculty where he was Principal Research Scientist and a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Shiffer received a Ph.D. in Regional Planning and Master's of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a fully certified train driver at the Chicago Transit Authority. web: http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/upp/people/faculty/shiffer.html e-mail: mshiffer@uic.edu


Vale, Lawrence J.

Lawrence Vale is Professor Urban Design and Planning and Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He has taught in the School of Architecture and Planning since 1988. He holds degrees from Amherst College (B.A. in American Studies, summa cum laude), M.I.T. (S.M.Arch.S.), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil.), which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Vale is the author or editor of six books examining urban design and housing. Architecture, Power, and National Identity (1992), a book about capital city design on six continents, received the 1994 Spiro Kostof Book Award for Architecture and Urbanism from the Society of Architectural Historians. A revised, 2nd edition of the book will be published by Routledge in 2007. Much of Professor Vale's most recent published work has examined the history, politics, and design of American public housing, with a focus on Boston. He served as a consultant to the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing in 1992, and his articles about the past, present, and future of low-income housing have appeared in numerous journals and edited books. In 1995, he served as Guest Editor of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research for a special issue on "Public Housing Transformations." His book, From the Puritans to the Projects: Public Housing and Public Neighbors (Harvard University Press, 2000) received the 2001 "Best Book in Urban Affairs" Award from the Urban Affairs Association. The book traces American cultural attitudes toward the spatial isolation of the poor all the way back to the time of the 17th-century Puritans. A second volume, Reclaiming Public Housing: A Half Century of Struggle in Three Public Neighborhoods, was published by Harvard University Press in 2002, and received the Paul Davidoff Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in 2005. This community-focused research has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has received both the 1997 Chester Rapkin Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and a 1999 EDRA/Places Award for ¡°Place Research.¡± His work with the Commonwealth Tenants Association received the 2004 John M. Corcoran Award for Community Investment, as well as citations from both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate. Vale is also Co-Editor, with Sam Bass Warner, Jr., of Imaging the City: Continuing Struggles and New Directions (Center for Urban Policy Research Press, 2001), and co-editor, with Thomas J. Campanella, of The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover From Disaster (Oxford University Press, 2005), which was recognized as one of the ¡°Ten Best Books for 2005¡± by Planetizen, the Planning and Development network.


Van Rooijen, Maurits

Van Rooijen Maurits obtained his doctorate from the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) and over the last decades his research and publications have focussed on Green Town and Garden City developments. He has held senior managerial positions at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University, and the University of Westminster, London, where he is executive vice-president. He was involved in many conferences and symposia with a focus on Garden City development (e.g. in Japan, England, Vietnam) and lives since 1993 in the world's first garden city, Letchworth, just outside London.


Vigan¨°, Paola

Paola Vigan¨° graduated in architecture and in 1994 obtained the title of research doctorate in Architectural and Urban composition at IUAV with a thesis entitled "Urban materials" lately published with the title La citt¨¤ elementare , Skira, Milan 1999 .In 1998 she becomes Associate Professor of Urban Design and Urbanism. She taught at the Architectural Faculty of the Bari Polytechnic (1998-2001) and now teaches at IUAV, Venice where since 1999 she has been a member of the board of the PhD in Urbanism.

She has been guest professor at KU Leuven in 2000 and in 2006 and in EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique, Lausanne) in 2003-2004. In 2005 she has been appointed member of the Executive and of the Educational Boards of the European Postgraduate Master in Urbanism (EMU - IUAV, TU Delft, UPC) focused on the centrality of design in the urban and territorial process and reflection, where she also teaches.

Her researches deals with the new European territories of dispersion (see P. Vigan¨°, editor, Territories of a new Modernity, Electa, Naples, 2001 and New Territories, Officina, Roma, 2004) and lead a more abstract reflection on instruments and concepts of design (see "The territory of the urbanist", in A. Font, M. Corominas, J. Sabat¨¦ eds., The territories of the urbanist, Editions UPC, Barcelona, 2005 ; "No Vision?", in MStadt/M city, European Cityscapes Catalogue of the exhibition in Kunsthaus Graz, M. De Michelis, P. Pakesch, eds., Graz, 2005).

Her research on design as knowledge producer is also nourished by the participation to several urban competitions : in the last years she won the International Competition for an Urban Park in the dismissed area of the Falck steel industry at Sesto San Giovanni, Milan and she was selected for the International competition of an Urban park in Brescia 2, 2000. In 1990 she founded an office together with Bernardo Secchi and is today working on different urban and architectural projects in Europe. In the last years Secchi-Vigano¡¯ won the Competition for the master plan for the educational centre of Hoge Rielen, Belgium, 2001; the Competition for the design of two central squares in Mechelen, Belgium 2002, (the realised project has been selected as finalist for the European Prize for Public Space, 2006); the Competition for the reuse of the dismissed railway area of Spoornoord in Antwerp, Belgium, 2002, (in realisation); the ¡° March¨¦ de definition¡± Ville Port in Saint Nazaire; the ¡°March¨¦ de definition¡± for the design of La Courrouze, a new residential part in an old military area (4500 new housing) in Rennes, France 2003 (in realisation ); the Competition for the new design of the Theatre square in Antwerp ( in realization), 2004; the Competition for the master plan for the re-qualification of St. Jan School in Genk, Limbourg, 2005.

In 2001 she studied the Territorial coordination plan for the Province of Lecce ( publ. Territories of a New Modernity, Electa, Naples, 2001).


Wampler, Jan

Jan Wampler received his BS in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1963 and a M.A.U.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1964. He is a Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture.He teaches an Architectural Design Studio and a "International Workshop" each semester. In addition to teaching, Jan Wampler runs an architectural office. Jan Wampler's articles and buildings have been published in a number of architectural magazines. These include: "La Puntilla," Progressive Architecture; "Boston Architecture", Andrea Leers and Alex Krieger, A&U, V. 222, March, 1989; "Thinking the City" Exhibition; "Designing for Special Populations," Architecture, January, 1987; "A Village in a House," Space and Society, June 1984. He also authored a book, All Their Own, People and the Places They Build. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and awarded the Distinguished Professor honor from the ASCA. He recently exhibited his work for the last twenty-five years at MIT entitled "Open Strings for e - Search on the Journey". In a review of the exhibition by Robert Campbell he was referred to as "The Walt Whitman of Architects". Presently his design work includes projects in Turkey, Zambia, Cuba, India and Pakistan. This work is illustrated in a publication entitled ¡°Open Notes for Harmony¡±. In addition he has projects in this country including designs for housing, education and civic uses. He has recently produced a film, ¡°Designing the Architect¡± a journey through one of his design Studios.


Ward "Open Strings for e - Search on the Journey". In a review of the exhibition by Robert Campbell he was referred to as "The Walt Whitman of Architects". Presently his design work includes projects in Turkey, Zambia, Cuba, India and Pakistan. This work is illustrated in a publication entitled ¡°Open Notes for Harmony¡±. In addition he has projects in this country including designs for housing, education and civic uses. He has recently produced a film, ¡°Designing the Architect¡± a journey through one of his design Studios.


Ward Stephen V.

Stephen V. Ward is Professor of Planning History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is the present Editor of d "Open Strings for e - Search on the Journey". In a review of the exhibition by Robert Campbell he was referred to as "The Walt Whitman of Architects". Presently his design work includes projects in Turkey, Zambia, Cuba, India and Pakistan. This work is illustrated in a publication entitled ¡°Open Notes for Harmony¡±. In addition he has projects in this country including designs for housing, education and civic uses. He has recently produced a film, ¡°Designing the Architect¡± a journey through one of his design Studios.


Wu, Fulong

Fulong Wu is Chair Professor of East Asian Planning and Development, and the Director of Urban China Research Centre (www.cardiff.ac.uk/cplan/ucrc ) in the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University. His research interests include Chinese cities, urban transition and dynamic urban modelling. He has published many papers on urban spatial structure, urban housing and land development in Chinese cities, and is working on China's new urbanism, urban and regional governance, urban poverty, social spatial differentiation, urban redevelopment, and the calibration of dynamic urban models. He serves as a member of the editorial advisory board of Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning B, Computer, Environment and Urban Systems, and Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. He is a member of the board of directors of Urban China Research Network (UCRN), the coordinator in the working group entitled 'spatial restructuring, urban planning and politics' funded by the UCRN, and the coordinator of a British Higher Education Link project with China. In 2001, he received Otto Koenigsberger Prize from Habitat International. His recently edited book Globalization and the Chinese City is published by Routledge. He co-edited 'Restructuring the Chinese City: Changing Society, Economy and Space', Routledge, London (with Laurence Ma) and GeoDynamics, CRC press, New York (with Peter Atkinson, Giles Foody, and Steven Darby). His forthcoming book to be published by Routledge is 'Urban Development in Post-Reform China: Market, State and Space' (with Jiang Xu and Anthony Gar-On Yeh). He guest-edited special issues in Environment and Planning A, Urban Geography, and Habitat International. Since 2000 he has been the principle investigator of ten research projects funded by the organizations such as ESRC, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, the UCRN and DFID/the British Council.


Xu, Di

Dr. Di Xu is Deputy General Manager, Real Estate Finance Department, China Construction Bank (CCB). She is in charge of the Research and Development of the CCB¡¯s mortgage securitization program. She has led the business design and technical implementation of the pilot project approved by the State Council for the issuance of mortgage-backed securities in China. She introduced the international standards and best practices to China, and helped construct a securitization transaction structure and the line of business based on China¡¯s current legal framework. The first ever mortgage-backed securities in China were successfully launched in December 2005. Before joining CCB in 2002, Dr. Di Xu worked at the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) in Washington DC on the development of secondary mortgage market regulations, the mortgage performance models and their integration into the overall financial simulation model of the stress test which was used to set up the risk-based capital regulation for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She also worked as a consultant on housing reforms for the World Bank. Dr. Di Xu received her BS from Nanjing University and Ph.D. from MIT.


Yang, Guang

Guang YANG, OECD Division of Regional Competitiveness and Governance in the Directorate of Public Governance and Territorial Development. Guang has worked on OECD Territorial reviews such as Seoul, Stockholm, Newcastle and Ranstad and involved in other policy studies on urban competitiveness. Guang is at the OECD as a consultant. Before joining the OECD, Guang worked in the World Bank in Washington as a regional policy coordinator on regional economic development and disparity issues. Prior to joining the World Bank, Guang worked as a research fellow in George Mason University ( Virginia, US) where he completed his doctoral studies on regional economic development and planning. His dissertation research focused on industry clusters and regional competitiveness with cast studies of the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan regions. Before moving to Washington for his doctoral work, Guang worked in Beijing Administrative College as a researcher and teacher. In that role, Guang¡¯s responsibilities included conducting research on labor force and economic development, consulting for the Government of Beijing Municipality on metropolitan development issues and teaching economic courses.


Ye, Xiannian

Born and raised in Shanghai, Xiannian Ye spent some of his teenage years in the northwestern region of China. He worked as a librarian at several colleges in Shanghai following his graduation from Fudan University and pursued his advanced study in the U.S. where he received his Master Degree of Library and Information Science majoring law librarianship at the Dominican University. He worked for several Chicago based law firms as the director of law information center from 1992 to 1997. Xiannian began his real estate career in 1996 when he took some real estate courses and received his license in the state of Illinois. He joined National Association of REALTORS ¨° , the largest trade organization in U.S. in August of 2000 subsequent to working as the manager at the information resource center at the Real Estate Brokerage Managers Council. During the past decade, he has been involved in the business development in Asia with a focus on China and South Korea. Xiannian Ye is the Manager of Business Development Asia, NAR.


Zhang, Ming

Ming Zhang is Assistant Professor of Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches in the areas of urban transportation planning, regional analysis and international planning issues. He holds the degrees of Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Science in Transportation from MIT, and Master of Urban Planning & Design and Bachelor of Architecture from Tsinghua University, Beijing. C urrently he is conducting research on the Asian experience in Transit Oriented Development (TOD). http://soa.utexas.edu/people/profile/zhang


Zhang, Tingwei

Tingwei Zhang is the Chair of IACP (International Association for China Planning) and associate professor of Urban Planning in the Urban Planning and Public Policy Program in University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interest is in globalization and its impacts on cities, and urban development issues in Chinese cities. He has published over 80 articles and book chapters, and 3 books in the US, China, UK and France. In China, he severs as a member of the National Planning Expert Committee of the Ministry of Construction, and as planning consultant to several cities including Shanghai, Wuhan, and Shenzhen. He was Deputy Director of Department of City Planning in Tongji University, Shanghai and Deputy Director of China National Training Center for Planning Directors before came to the US in the 1980s.






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