In Focus: Urban Planning in Beijing [Video]

 
 

To get an idea of the immense urban challenges facing China, consider this statistic, offered by Uwe Brandes, faculty director of the Urban & Regional Planning Program at Georgetown University: The Jing-Jin-Ji regional planning agency, in the country’s Northeast, deals with an area that includes about 120 million people. That’s roughly twice the population of America’s Eastern Seaboard from Boston to Washington, D.C. But while the scale may be enormous, China’s urban planning issues are remarkably similar to our own. Here, Brandes talks with Jian Jiu, a professor at Tsinghua University and a Fulbright visiting scholar, about these challenges and China’s response.

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