Past Event

UPDATE: The 7th Urban China Forum & Columbia GSAPP Student-Alumni Reception

October 10, 2020 - October 11, 2020
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, No. 26, 1F Core Plaza, 1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District, Beijing



On Oct. 10 and 11, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing cordially invites you to watch the 7th Urban China Forum live at the Beijing Global Center.

After the forum, there will be a reception for Columbia GSAPP students and alumni on Oct. 11. Please join us to reconnect with friends, make new connections, and share industry insights and experiences with your fellow students and alumni.


About the Forum

As the world enters a new era caused by the unprecedented and profound impact of COVID-19 that has challenged ways of inhabitation in almost all dimensions, we see a rising awareness given by planners to reflect on the aspects and even principles of planning, and our ways to engage with the built environment.

In the meantime, China has drawn the world’s attention since the very beginning of this global public health crisis. Chinese cities have been in the center of the discussion, providing public management cases to learn about and contributing to pioneering research that we could explore on. Various topics are of public interest and deserve discussion and exploration, from large-scale national practice led by the government to small steps taken by the society.

Hence, the 7th Urban China Forum entitled “Pandemic Urbanism: China’s Response to COVID-19 and a Post-COVID Future” will revolve around urbanism in the pandemic, discovering multiple aspects of urbanism, from urban design, public space and public health, management, to data and technology, urban resiliency and smart cities. Recognizing the broadness of the planning field, the forum will be joined by scholars and practitioners with various interests to reflect on the past, review the present, and reimagine a post-COVID future.

This forum is organized by Urban China Network of Columbia GSAPP and co-sponsored by the M.S. Urban Planning program within Columbia GSAPP, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, and Weatherhead East Asian Institute.



The 7th Urban China Forum


Columbia GSAPP Student-Alumni Reception

Sunday Oct. 11

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Beijing Time)


Guest Speakers

Daizong Liu, Director of Sustainable Cities Program, WRI China

Ying Long, Research Professor of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

Rui Qian, Senior Urban Designer, AECOM Greater China

Lan Wang, Professor of Department of Urban Planning, Tongji University

Zhiqiang Wu, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Vice Principal of Tongji University

Qingming Zhan, Professor of School of Urban Design, Wuhan University


  • The forum will be live streamed at 8:00 a.m. on Oct. 10 and 11 in Beijing Time. We welcome Columbia students and alumni to watch the event live at Columbia Global Centers | Beijing. Please specify the date in the registration form.
  • The reception will be hosted at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 at the Beijing Global Center. This session opens only to Columbia GSAPP students and alumni.
  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]