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Lecture: A Quarter Century of Beijing Urban Change
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The presentation covers the area inside Beijing's Sixth Ring Road with a focus on the new economic centers ouside the Second Ring Road,which marks the perimeter of the old walled city,where the new Beijing has emerged,replete with a series of iconic pieces of architecture (eg. theBirdsNest,the"Watercube",the Egg,the new CCTV building and "The Dragon"at Beijing Airport). The new Beijing has several identifiable new economic clusters (The CBD, Financial Street, Lufthansa-Liangmahe Area, Olympic Green and Haidian High Tech Area). .Beijing's new transport systems have made significant improvements with new metro, bus rapid systems and high speed rail. Much of the new contrasts or even conflicts with the historic city inside second ring road .This however is the nature of China's dramatic change, which Beijing highlights . Only 2 million live to day in the Old City compared with a total of 8 million in the core city inside the sixth ringroad. The landuse-transport issues of these expanding areas of new growth remain a challenge for Beijing in the future.

John M. Courtney FRAIA, AICP is currently an urban planning advisor in China, based in Beijing. He worked for the World Bank for 20 years and was the senior urban planner on the World Bank's first urban infrastructure project in China after the opening up for Shanghai in 1983 .He has most recently worked on the Pearl River Delta Strategy in Guongdong Province and is currently working on a landuse-transport study for Beijing.

Venue: China Culture Center, Beijing, China.

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