Visiting Scholars Assist Guangzhou Planning Studio

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Bin Gong and Yang Chen will lend their knowledge of the Chinese planning process to the International Urban Design Studio team and will join the research activities of the newly formed Eco Urban Lab.

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As part of an ongoing collaboration with Guangdong Urban & Rural Planning and Design Institute (GDUPI), two visiting scholars from the Chinese regional planning agency will provide support to associate professor Perry Yang's spring 2014 planning studio. Bin Gong and Yang Chen will lend their knowledge of the Chinese planning process to the International Urban Design Studio team and will join the research activities of the newly formed Eco Urban Lab.

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As part of an ongoing collaboration with Guangdong Urban & Rural Planning and Design Institute (GDUPI), two visiting scholars from the Chinese regional planning agency will provide support to associate professor Perry Yang's spring 2014 planning studio. Bin Gong and Yang Chen will lend their knowledge of the Chinese planning process to the International Urban Design Studio team and will join the research activities of the newly formed Eco Urban Lab. The planning studio, led by Yang and doctoral student Jige "Steven" Quan, is sponsored by the City of Maoming, located along the coast of southern China. The studio focuses on how ecological design (renewability, recyclability, and resilience) and planning interventions can play a critical role in the redevelopment of the port city through identifying issues, envisioning alternatives, negotiating with policy makes, and formulating mechanisms of implementation.  

Bin Gong, a planning/engineering graduate of Chongqing University located in Chongqing, China, has worked on the master planning project for over 12 years as an urban designer. Yang Chen, a planning/engineering graduate of Sun Yat-Sen University located in Guangdong, China, has been working on planning and urban design in Guangdong for over 6 years. The two scholars will attend classes on sustainable development and suburban redevelopment over the course of their one-year appointment at Georgia Tech.

In March, the entire studio team will travel to Guangdong for one week, at which point Gong and Chen will have the opportunity to catch up with colleagues in Guangzhou, as well as family and friends. This international exchange is part of a growing partnership between Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture and the Guangzhou Urban Planning Bureau. Gong and Chen were selected through an evaluation process organized by GDUPI in 2013 which requires candidates to hold a degree in urban planning, urban design, or architecture and to have worked in the institute for over 5 years. In addition to the professional exchange, GDUPI hosts Georgia Tech students each summer. To date, 15 students have taken part in the summer program over the last five years.

Pictured (left to right): Yang Chen and Bin Gong

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School of City & Regional Planning

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Bin Gong, China, guangzhou, international initiative, perry yang, visiting scholars, Yang Chen
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  • Created On: Jan 30, 2014 - 8:57pm
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