It is with greatest pleasure and honor that I welcome you to the 14th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA 2017) which will be held at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, on October 12-14, 2017.
As one of the most prestigious universities in China, Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Xuetang”. Through more than a century of development, the university has evolved into a comprehensive research-oriented institution with a variety of programs in science, engineering, arts and literature, history, philosophy, economics and management, law, education and medicine, comprised of 20 schools and 54 departments. Tsinghua University School of Architecture was established in 1946 by the renowned architectural scholar Liang Sicheng, becoming one of the earliest architectural schools in China and having undergone development of seventy years. Guided by Liang Sicheng’s “theory of physical environment” and then Wu Liangyong’s “theory of sciences of human settlements”, which won the State Science and Technology Top Award in 2012, Tsinghua SA has been widely recognized as an academic leader in the field of architecture in China and an institute with a high-standing in the world as well. Ranked as the top urban planning education institute in China in 2012 by the Ministry of Education of the P.R.China for its graduate program, the Department of Urban Planning, Tsinghua SA, covers a wide range of research directions, such as regional planning, urban and rural planning, urban design and heritage conservation, housing, infrastructure planning, and new planning technologies.
Taking “Reshaping urban and rural development through planning” as the main theme, the APSA 2017 will feature papers/presentations/posters across six tracks encompassing Governance，Identity/Heritage，Solidarity/Equity，Smart/Intelligence，Sustainability/Environment，and Planning & Education. It will focus on exploring the nexus of past and future facing today’s urban and rural planning from an interdisciplinary perspective and learn how Asian planning can avoid repeating past mistakes that have led to unjust, unsustainable, and unhealthy cities present today.
We look forward to meeting you at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of the leading capitals of the world, in October 2017. With a history that is more than 3000 years, Beijing is an amazing mix of old and new and a truly world class and international city. I am confident that the APSA 2017 Conference in Beijing will serve as an ideal opportunity for all participants to exchange novel ideas and jointly study the significant urban and rural planning issues.
Chairman of APSA
Head, Department of Urban Planning
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University