Landscape for Urban Growth: Suzhou Industrial Park as Case Study of China's Urbanization Movement

Zhongjie Lin, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, PennDesign

12:00pm - 1:00pm | CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

This presentation is part of Dr. Lin's ongoing book project on China’s urbanization movement and focuses on Suzhou Industrial Park as a case study of what is called the model new towns. Functioning as a self-contained new town, the SIP emerged as a new type of special economic district and, notably, the first one created as a joint-venture between China and a foreign government, Singapore, representing the influence of global economy and local politics. This presentation will outline the experience and lessons of this project from three perspectivesplanning as economic catalystinternational partnership as political experimentand urban design as instrument for place making and place marketing, and to sustain social order.