Coming Soon: International Forum on Sustainable Urbanization

On April 9, the APA National Planning Conference will host the first unofficial, non-academic dialogue between Chinese and Americans citizens under age 40 to share perspectives on urban issues.

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Editor’s note: This announcement is from our friends and partners at the American Planning Association, which is holding its annual National Planning Conference in Boston April 9-12.

On April 9, 2011 (Sat.), in Boston, the American Planning Association will be holding a one-day, free event titled “International Forum on Sustainable Urbanization for the Next Generation.”

As the first unofficial, non-academic dialogue channel for young generations between United States and China, the purpose of this event is to provide a venue to get Chinese and American young generations (under the age of 40) to express their perspectives on urban issues (the format is an “unconference”). Participants are not limited to planners, but all the young people who care about our cities in the future.

The forum has confirmed 6 keynote speakers from U.S. and China. Their talks will cover the following topics:

Contemporary Approaches to City and Open Territory Design
The Future of Crowd-Sourced Cities: A Planet of Civic Laboratories
Open Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Cities
Participation on Urban Issues as a New Life Style
Cities’ Value for the Young Generation
City Functions and Urban Development in China

Fostering a spirit of participation is the ultimate goal for this forum. Other than hearing keynote speeches, all participants will have a chance to speak and to be heard at two Roundtable sessions. Each of the 20 roundtables consists of 1~2 moderator and 10 discussants. Two final remark speeches will be delivered by two elected moderators — one from the U.S. and one from China, based on the ideas collected from each roundtable.

Those interested in attending and participating can learn more here.

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