Study Abroad in China through Univ. of Florida - Summer 2011
- Thanks to Aiko Cuenco for mentioning this interesting opportunity.
The University of Florida is offering a 6-credit course titled "Urban
Planning and Design Issues in China". For more information, I
recommend contacting the instructor directly (name/email below).
Also, enrolled SJSU students may wish to speak with Prof. Hilary
Nixon, graduate advisor, to discuss any matters related to
applicability of this course to your study at SJSU.
Course Number: URP 6905
6 graduate credits from University of Florida
Course Title: Urban Planning and Design Issues in China
Prof. Zhong-Ren Peng (Office: ARCH 431; Tel.: 352-392-0997, ext. 429,
This faculty-lead study abroad program will introduce students to
planning and design issues and challenges facing the rapidly growing
cities in China. It will allow the students to participate in actual
planning/design case studies in a Chinese city. The course will
combine lecture, observation and case study approach in a workshop and
studio format. The students will have an opportunity to work with
planning students and faculty in Huazhong University of Science &
Technology and the Wuhan University of Technology (both located at
Travel and study will take place in three distinct cities of China:
Beijing, the ancient yet thriving capital that presents the challenge
of preserving its past and designing the future; Shanghai, a truly
global city well known as being the "Paris of the East" which reveals
its ambition of becoming the world mega-city of the future; and Wuhan,
a beautiful industrial city located at the middle of Yangtze River
that is transforming itself into the �Silicon Valley� of China with a
focus on fiber optics. The main planning issues to be examined include:
� How do the rapid population growth and economic development affect
China�s urban expansion and sprawl?
� How does rapid urbanization affect the demand for housing,
transportation and other urban infrastructure?
� How do rapid motorization, income growth and city expansion affect
transportation planning, traffic management, and environmental planning?
� How to preserve the city history while design the future?
� How to conduct planning in a rapidly changing environment?
A design studio will be conducted at Huazhong University of Science
and Technology and a field planning case study will be conducted at
the Wuhan University of Technology. The studio and the planning case
study will focus on addressing real planning issues and come up with
suggested solutions. The students will work collaboratively with
students and faculty at the Chinese universities.
New this year:
� Experience the high speed rail from Wuhan to Changsha.
� Attend the International Association for China Planning (IACP)
meeting in Beijing.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING
There are five requirements for completion of the course:
1. Satisfactory performance during the field trip in China. There will
be site visits, collaborative work with and presentations to Chinese
colleagues (30 percent)
2. A written project report (individual work), (40 percent);
3. A final course presentation (10 percent); and
4. Overall contributions to the class (e.g., participation in all
class-related events, creative work or ideas that enhance group
learning.) (10 percent).
Summer A, 2011
Tentative Trip Itinerary (subject to changes)
May 21, 2011, Depart from US
May 22, Arrive at Shanghai
May 23 � 24, site visit at Shanghai, (discussions and site visits,
including Shanghai Urban Planning Museum, City of Shanghai, the Bund,
Pudong new development area, planning for the 2010 International Expo,
Metro and light rail system, and the Maglev system.
May 25, field trip to Suzhou, the garden city in China, which offers
special interests to planners and landscape architect
May 26, Depart Shanghai to Wuhan
May 27-June 4, Joint design studio with students and faculty from the
Huazhong University of Science & Technology
June 5, Transfer to Wuhan University of Science and Technology
June 6, Experience the high speed rail to Changsha
June 7 � 14, planning case study in Wuhan University of Science and
June 15, depart to Beijing
June 16 � 17, Historical and contemporary planning and urban issues at
Beijing (discussions and site visits, including visits to Forbidden
City, Summer Palace, Great Wall, Metro and light rail system, and
suburban housing development.)
June 18-19, International Association for China Planning Conference at
Renmin University, Beijing
June 20, depart Beijing to the US.
We are still making the final arrangement; therefore, the final
program is subject to modification.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying or have any questions, please contact
Kirsten Eller Laufer
Senior Advisor, Study Abroad ServicesChina_Syllabus2011_web 3
University of Florida International Center
170 Hub, PO Box 113225
Gainesville, FL 32611-3225
Phone: (352) 273-1528
Fax: (352) 392-5575
� Joint design studio with faculty and students from the School of
Architecture and Urban Planning at Huazhong University of Science and
� Joint planning case study with faculty and students from Wuhan
University of Technology;
� Site visit at Shanghai: the Maglev system, Shanghai Urban Planning
Museum, the Bund, Pudong new development area, planning for the 2010
International Expo, Metro and light rail system;
� Field trip to Suzhou, the garden city in China, which offers special
interests to planners and landscape architect;
� Experience the high speed rail from Wuhan to Changsha;
� Site visit at Beijing: Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall,
TianAnMen Square, Olympic site, and historic preservation in central
� Participate in the International Association for China Planning
Conference at Renmin University.
Some Useful Information about Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan
Fodor�s Beijing Mini-Guide:
The Beijing Page: http://www.beijingpage.com/
Fodor�s Shanghai Mini-Guide:
Shanghai Travel Guide (official site) http://lyw.sh.gov.cn/en/
School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Huazhong University of
Science & Technology
Suzhou gardens: http://www.chinahighlights.com/suzhou/Attractions.htm
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