Some of our team members converged earlier this month in Shanghai, and then travelled on to Wuhan, visiting a series of key ‘smart’ and ‘eco’ sites in each city, and meeting key local actors. These follow earlier visits to Shenzhen and Ningbo during the last project year.
Among other things, the Shanghai visit included a seminar at the Pudong Smart City Research Institute (with attendees including the executive president of Pudong Smart City Research Institute, practioners from the Ecology Research Centre of Shanghai Julong Group, Shanghai Pudong Energy Saving and Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd, and the Deputy Director of Lujiazui Street Office), and a working dinner with the Dean and Deputy Dean of the China Academy of Urban Planning & Design Shanghai Branch.
On the second day, our team members visited the Chongming Planning and Exhibition Hall and Yindong Eco-Village.
Two intensive days followed in Wuhan, with a particular focus on the high-profile Sino-French Eco-City development in Caidian District. This included meetings with its planners, who explained the project’s development to date, and with scholars from Wuhan University and China-EU Institute for Clean and Renewable Energy. Our colleagues also visited the project’s Demonstration Hall and the site, and met officers from the local administrative committee.
Some pictures from activities in Shenzhen back in November, which included attendance at the Asia Environmental Innovation Forum (AEIF):
Finding out all about Ningbo..
The various critical reader visits over the last year have allowed project members working in different countries to exchange knowledge, and gain a better understanding of the various cases for the purposes of cross-comparative analysis.