The City Construction and Management Sub-Forum, part of the 2015 Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship, kicked off on Nov. 12. International scholars, experts and civil servants on urban management shared experiences and exchanged views on the preservation of historical relics and city construction.
The City Construction and Management Sub-Forum, part of the 2015 Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship, kicked off on Nov. 12. [Photo/China.org.cn]
During the forum, discussions covering urban planning and management, the protection of historical cities, construction of ecological communities and people's participation shed light on how to help better resolve the current problems in urban renovation and transmit advanced city management theories in a broader way.
Bian Lanchun, a professor at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, delivered a speech on the topic highlighting the great changes that have taken place in Beijing over the past centuries. He pointed out that challenges would become more severe in the metropolis as culture-oriented preservation sometimes exists in conflict with economic aspiration. Preserving the historical areas of the city demands guidance from the government and the participation of all citizens, he concluded.
Patrick Van Vooren, director of operations of the Brussels Regional Informatics Center, talked about the concept of "smart Brussels" by narrating the step-by-step WIFI coverage progress made in the city. Mitsuo Morozumi, honorary professor from Kumamoto University, made a speech centered on vitalizing a 400-year-old castle town through public and private cooperation by introducing the detailed renovation plan in Kumamoto City in Japan.
Many other scholars also shared their views on topics like the conservation of historical cities, protection of cultural exchange sites, road construction, management and so on.