Shenzhen (Photo S. Witschas, IÖR-Media)
The TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA project, funded by the European Union, was launched at a two-day conference in Dresden at the end of January. Under the leadership of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), partners from Europe and China are investigating ways of making cities more sustainable. In this work, the project team is focussing on the role of social integration within processes of sustainable urbanisation.
In recent years, China has undergone a radical shift from a rural-based farming society to one that is highly urbanised. These processes are still continuing. More and more Chinese are living in rapidly growing – and in some cases entirely new – cities. How can we ensure that aspects of sustainable urban development do not fall by the wayside during this phase of rapid urbanisation? How can we manage China’s increasing urbanisation, as well as that of European cities, so that the natural environment is protected from overexploitation while also taking account of social integration and interaction? The TRANSURBAN-EU-CHINA project will investigate these questions.