Past Event

Big Data Response Mechanism of Post-COVID-China Urbanization

May 16, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing



Time: May 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Beijing) | May 15, 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM (New York)

📍 Location: Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing

The spread of COVID-19 has revealed the weakness of urbanization under the background of economic and social development. Meanwhile, some effective experience in the prevention and control of the pandemic, including the great role of big data application in China's pandemic prevention and control and post-pandemic recovery, is worthy of discussion and reference.

This panel discussion, organized by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing and Columbia University Urban China Network, a student organization of the Urban Planning program within the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, aims at triggering positive thinking in urban planning, reviewing the new capacity requirements from the application of big data response mechanism, and forecasting the profound impact on city governance, population health, and people's way of life in China.


Featuring remarks and discussion with:
    Weiping Wu

    Weiping Wu is the Director of Urban Planning Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. is an internationally renowned planning expert. She focuses on the issues of urban migration, housing and infrastructure in China. She has published seven books and many articles in top international journals, including her latest and highly publicized book Chinese cities. Chinese cities analyzes the process of urbanization in China, and explores how the complexity of Chinese cities conforms to and subverts the western traditional urban theory and experience. She is the chairman of the National Federation of planning schools, a member of the International Advisory Board of China urban research network, and a member of the editorial board of four journals. She has also served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the Lincoln Land Policy Institute and the World Bank.


    Peiqin Gu

    Peiqin Gu is the co-founder & CTO of CityDNA Technology. As the technical director, his work mainly involves public participation planning based on new media, urban open source spatial data mining and algorithm development, urban planning and environmental assessment information system development.


     Yang Liao

    Yang Liao is the planner of Shenzhen Urban Planning and Design Institute. As the creative urban designer of Shenzhen Urban Planning and Design Institute Co., Ltd., he studied in the Department of Architecture at the University of Miami for his bachelor’s degree and achieved his master’s degree in Architecture ad Urban Design from Columbia University. After graduation, he worked in the Cities + Urban Design Group of Gensler's Los Angeles office.


    Helena Rong

    Helena Rong has a Ph.D. of Urban Planning from Graduate School of Architecture, planning and Preservation, Columbia University. She studied in the Department of Architecture of Cornell University as an undergraduate, and in SMArchS Urbanism at MIT as a postgraduate. She has many architectural-related experiences, including working for OMA Rotterdam, SOM in New York and Neri + Hu in Shanghai. Rong worked as a research assistant in MIT Sensible City Lab (SCL) and MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab (REILl)  during the graduate program. At present, her main research direction continues on studying the role of science and technology in promoting community construction and community co-governance, and how to better design urban interaction interface in the context of "smart city" to promote community participation and governance.


    • Event language: English
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