Urbanlogic commissioned with major mixed-use project in Sichuan

Urbanlogic was commissioned with the production facilities of a major Sichuan-based manufacturer of luxury glass goods. Following a private competition, a contract was signed for the first three design stages. The project will comprise production facilities, an innovation center, a museum and retail, and will be designed to provide a holistic visitor experience around the theme of glass.

GIZ booth wins “Best EU Exhibitor” Award

The GIZ booth at the EU-China Exhibition on Urbanisation was awarded “Best EU Exhibitor”, by a jury comprising members of the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) and members of the public. A big thank you to all contributors- the GIZ team, the graphic designers at AKRYL and the CREALAB moderators at Constellations.

EU commissioner Guenther Oettinger visits GIZ booth

Guenther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy at the European Commission, visited the GIZ booth today, where he was received by GIZ staff Thomas D. Schmitz, Head of GIZ’s Energy policy and efficiency programme.

Participation in EU-China Leadership on Sustainable Urbanisation Programme

As one of 15 experts from the European Union, Urbanlogic’s Christian Junge was selected to participate in a one-week workshop on urbanisation at the Chinese Academy of Governance in Beijing. The Urbanisation Leadership programme is part of the EU-China policy dialogues and intended to provide training in city governance, urbanisation approaches and exchange of experience between Chinese and EU political and technical experts.

Urbanlogic presents at URBANTEC

Upon invitation by the German Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, Urbanlogic researched and presented the implications of interpreting smart grids as a common-pool resource good at the URBANTEC conference in Beijing in May 2013.

Publication in German News Ticker

Urbanlogic’s research on economic resilience was published in the German News Ticker, the bi-monthly magazine of the German Chamber of Commerce, which is distributed together with Lufthansa’s inflight magazine. In the article “The Future-Proof City”, various models of supply-led urban growth are analyzed and assessed in their potential to achieve an upgrade of China’s economy.

Lecture to delegates of the National Development and Reform Commission

As part of CET Regio, a project of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission, Christian Junge was invited to research and present to delegates of the Chinese NDRC current EU regional policy, adopting it to the interests and needs of the Chinese delegates. CET Regio is the framework of the European Parliament’s preparatory action to enhance regional and local co-operation by promoting EU regional policy on a global scale.

Vietnam Secondary Cities Project completed

Working through ICF-GHK, we have successfully completed a ground-breaking feasibility study for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Vietnam, which provides a blueprint for sustainable urban development in three regional growth centres: Buon Ma Thuot, Ha Tinh and Tam Ky. As a result, we anticipate the ADB will be able to offer the Vietnamese Government a loan to implement the project components which were recommended in the feasibility study.

The “Secondary Cities Development Project” sets out a programme of climate sensitive infrastructure and facilities construction works and capacity building in the three cities, which can be replicated throughout the urban sector in Vietnam. We fully expect further phases of the Secondary Cities Development Project to be planned and implemented as a result of the success of the current project.

Urbanlogic’s Keith Perry was fortunate to be the team leader and urban planning specialist for this high profile feasibility study.

Presentation at the Chinese Academy of Governance in Beijing

Upon recommendation by the EU Delegation in Beijing, Christian Junge was invited to speak at the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) in Beijing. Drawing on experiences from Europe, Christian spoke on the topic of rural-urban integration and the social and economic challenges that China is facing in integrating its low-skill low-income migrant population in its rapidly growing cities. CAG is the training institute of China’s State Council. The meeting was attended by 33 mayors, high-level central government officials and representatives of state-owned enterprises.

Lecture at China University of Mining and Technology in Xuzhou

Invited by Prof. Jiang Chang, Christian Junge gave a presentation on the topic “Sharing Opportunities- Risks and Chances of China’s Urban Development”.