Young Planning Professionals’ National Workshop
XI’AN, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, 23-27 July 2018
“INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE AND REGIONAL REVIVAL”
The Young Planning Professionals’ Programme was initiated in 1991 at the 26th ISOCARP World Planning Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Since then, senior members of ISOCARP have happily – and at times perhaps a little enviously – observed the competition for admission to the workshop, the creative spirit of the workshop itself, and the enthusiastic response of the participants. It has become tradition to organise the workshops in the week preceding the annual world planning congress in order to provide unique opportunities to Young Planning Professionals (YPPs) to share their experiences in an attempt to resolve complex and multi-dimensional planning problems. Today, the YPP Programme, together with workshops and intensive training programmes, has become a source of meaningful debate, and new ideas and rejuvenation for the Society; and has made a huge impact on participants’ professional lives. It has contributed towards making life-long friendships beyond borders, languages, cultures and professional backgrounds.
According to this tradition, The Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC), in cooperation with ISOCARP, agreed to plan the Young Planning Professionals’ National Workshop in Xi’an between the dates, July 23 and 27, 2018. The workshop will be jointly undertaken by the Youth Work Committee of the UPSC and the Xi’an Urban Planning & Design Institute. The purpose of the workshop is to contribute to the knowledge base and improve skills of young professionals, the future leaders of our profession, meanwhile provide international academic exchanges and mutual learning opportunities for both domestic and international youth planners.
The overall theme for Xi’An YPP workshop is ‘Industrial Heritage and Regional Revival’, making the workshop an important entry point for ISOCARP to discuss Sustainable Development Goals Target 11.4 which calls for “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage”. Envisioned as an urban laboratory to integrate heritage conservation agendas with those of sustainable urban development, the workshop will be focusing on two alternative sites that are determined within the Xingfu Road area close to the old Steelworks Creative Park: a site along the old railway tracks, and another on the East Factory as one of the ‘156 Project’ military factories. The workshop will search for best practices on preserving the military and industrial heritage, while taking into consideration the potentials on developing locational advantages and resource superiority, promoting industrial upgrading and integrative use of land and the ecological environment, protecting urban morphology including the buildings and environs of military factory areas and bridging the old with newly constructed projects in the near surrounding and creating new landmarks in the eastern part of the city. The proposals will focus on innovation design accelerating the pace of regional old city renewal and providing ideas for transformations of other military factory areas.
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