CPN China Urban Housing Conference 2009

 

CPN China Week 2009: Urbanization Summit

CPN China Urban Housing Conference 2009
June 16-17, Beijing
Renmin University

 

Title: Why Housing Still Matters.

Chair (Overseas): Prof. Nicolas Retsinas, Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, Former U.S. HUD Assistant Secretary

Chair (Chinese): LIN Jiashan, Deputy Director, Department of Social Development, State Council Research Development Center

Themes:

The collapse of the housing market in many countries is a stark reminder of the importance of housing for our families, our communities and our economy.  We have learned that the loss of decent and affordable housing undermines family stability, disrupts the vitality of the urban fabric and loosens the underpinnings of a national economy.

China has not been immune from the phenomena of falling home prices and empty units.  The slowdown in new construction has dampened economic growth and has infected commercial real estate and chilled the global demand for many building materials contributing to a worldwide slowdown.

We need to remember that the real estate (and the housing market) is inherently cyclical and that overheated markets and downturns are inevitable.  We must also acknowledge that notwithstanding these cycles that housing matters, and where and how we live shapes the urban environment.

This year’s Urban Housing Roundtable will try to place today’s housing market in a larger context.  It will explore the connections between decent and affordable housing and family stability, neighborhood vitality and economic growth.  It will also address the issue of how we should invest in affordable housing as the market starts to recover.

Questions
1.      What are the lessons learned from the current downturn?
2.      What are the cross-cultural lessons in how different countries have responded to the housing crisis?
3.      Did government policies contribute to overbuilding?
4.      What is the role of housing finance?
5.      How does housing contribute to economic recovery?
6.      Are there opportunities in a downtown?
7.      How do we support affordable housing that is sustainable over time?
8.      To what extent, can our housing policies further the goals of energy efficiency and sustainability?
9.      What is the research agenda that can support the development and maintenance of affordable housing?

Topics:
I. The global context with special emphasis on the United States:

  • What happened in the USA? (factual description with data at higher level)
  • Specific housing sector events as well as financial sector questions
  • Why did this happen? (cover policy and regulatory matters related to the real side of the housing market as well as views on housing finance, public and private responsibility)

II. Recent Development in Housing Sector in China

  • Description of recent events with data
  • Evaluation of recent trends/performance in housing market in China
  • Possible explanations/hypothesis of recent events
  • Housing and housing finance market in China compared to USA (main variables)

III. Are events in China linked to those in USA and the rest of the world?

  • Common views of transmission mechanisms
  • Different initial conditions (economic growth and urbanization)
  • Do policy differences/similarities explain outcomes?

IV. Policy Directions, Strategies and Recommendations

  • Vision of housing sector in China going forward (specific parameters)
  • Clarity about economic functions of housing sector
  • Relationship between financial and housing sectors
  • An agenda for research, policy and regulatory reform.

Discussants:

  • John De Monchaux, Prof. of Architecture and Urban Planning, former Dean of the school of Architecture and Urban Planning, MIT
  • Larry Hannah, Former Lead Economist, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (ECSPE), World Bank
  • John Logan, Prof. of Sociology, Director, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Brown University
  • Hugo Priemus, Professor and Former Dean Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology , Netherlands
  • Nicolas Retsinas, Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, Former U.S. HUD Assistant Secretary
  • Fulong Wu, Professor of East Asian Planning and Development, Director of Urban China Research International Network, Cardiff University, UK
  • Tingwei Zhang, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Speakers:

  • Shannon Bassett, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Community Design, University of South Florida (bio)
  • Steve Coyle, CEO, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, Former Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • Dennis Frenchman, Head and Professor of the Practice of Urban Design, City Design and Development, Chair of MCP, MIT
  • Larry Hannah, Former Lead Economist, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (ECSPE), World Bank
  • Ying Hua, Assistant Professor, Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University
  • John Logan, Prof. of Sociology, Director, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Brown University
  • Joyce Yanyun Man, Ph.D., Director, Peking University-Lincoln Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy, Senior Fellow and Director, China Program, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Robert B. Olshansky, Professor, Dept of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Hugo Priemus, Professor and Former Dean Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology , Netherlands
  • Nicolas Retsinas, Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, Former U.S. HUD Assistant Secretary
  • Wenhui Shan, Design Principal of UrbanDATA
  • Chang Suh, Executive Vice President - Chief Portfolio Manager for the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust
  • Jan Wampler, Professor of Architecture and Planning, M.I.T 
  • LIN Jiashan, Deputy Director, Department of Social Development, State Council Research Development Center
  • HOU Zhemin, Director-General, Department of Housing Provision Security, Ministry of Housing and Urban/Rural Development (MHURD)
  • YE Jianping, Head, Department of Land Management, People’s University
  • LIU Hongyu, Director, Center for Real Estate Research, Tsinghua University
  • YANG Hongshan, Deputy Head, Department of Urban Planning, People’s University
  • Wang Yaping, Associate Professor in Finance, Peking University
  • Yang Zhang, Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning Program, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Program:

June 16 Auditorium, School of Public Administration, 4th floor, Qiushi Building, Renmin University

AM1 9:00-9:30

CPN China Week 2009 Opening Ceremony

AM2

9:30-12:00

CPN China Week Plenary Session

  • Prof. Nicolas Retsinas (20 min): Overview of the Housing Conference: set the tone for the themes, questions, expectations and formats
12:00-13:00 Lunch

PM1

120 min

(1:30-3:30)

Lead: Nicolas Retsinas

  • LIN Jiashan: "China’s National Housing Policy" (20 min)
  • John Logan: "Winners and Losers in China’s Urban Housing Reform" (20 min)

Discussion (10 min)

  • Larry Hannah: "Housing in the Global Crisis" (20 min)
  • YE Jianping: "How does housing contribute to economic recovery?" (20 min)
  • Fulong Wu: "Urban utopianism and the transformation of city planning" (20 min)

Discussion (10 min)

Discussants: Nicolas Retsinas, Hugo Priemus, John Logan, Joyce Yanyun Man

3:30-3:40 Tea Break

PM2

100min

(3:40-5:20)

Lead: LIN Jiashan

  • LV Ping: tbc (20 min)
  • Ying Hua: "Integration of Sustainable Buildings with Urban Infrastructure Revitalization: Challenges and Opportunities" (20 min)

Discussion (10 min)

  • Jan Wampler: "A New Generation of Architects – The New Architect" (20 min)
  • Wenhui Shan "A Real Urbanism: the reflection upon China's urban transition" (20 min)

Discussion (10 min)

Discussants: Nicolas Retsinas, John Logan

June 17 Auditorium, School of Public Administration, 4th floor, Qiushi Building, Renmin University

AM1

(100min)

9:00-10:40

Lead: YE Jianping

  • Hugo Priemus: "Provision of owner-occupied housing by housing associations as an alternative for the subprime mortgage market" (20 min)
  • Joyce Yanyun Man: "Housing Affordability in China: Challenges and Opportunities" (20 min)

Discussion (10 min)

  • Shannon Bassett: The Wolong Masterplan-Ecology as an Approach for Redevelopment in the Chinese province of Sichuan devastated by the 2008 earthquake (20 min)
  • Rob Olshansky/ Zhang Yang: "A Comparison of Housing Policies Following Hurricane Katrina and the Wenchuan Earthquake" (20 min)

Discussion (10 min)

Discussants: Nicolas Retsinas, Larry Hannah, ZHANG Tingwei, Hugo Priemus

10:40-11:00 Tea Break

AM 2

(40 min)

11:00-11:40

Housing Conference Summary (40 min)

  • Wrap up lecture: Nicalos Retsinas (20 min) Policy Directions, Strategies and Recommendations
  • Discussion (20 min) : Larry Hannah, Fulong Wu, Jan Wampler, Rob Olshansky
June 16, 6:30-9:00pm Dinner Reception, Renmin University, Hosted by President JI Baocheng

Congress Logistics:
The CPN Urban Housing Conference will be held as part of the CPN China Week 2009: Urbanization Summit,, the 6th year continuation of CPN’s effort to fuse western knowledge on urban development with China’s unprecedented experience. CPN China Week 2009 will be held in Beijing/Chongqing on June 15-20, including seven conferences:

  • CPN Urban Housing Conference (Renmin University, June 16-17, program)
  • CPN Urban Regeneration Roundtable (Renmin University, June 17, program)
  • CPN Urban Planning and Public Policy Roundtable (Renmin University, June 16, program)
  • CPN Urban Economy and Job Creation Roundtable (Renmin University, June 17, program)
  • CPN-ACSP Urban Planning Education Roundtable (Renmin University, June 17, program)
  • CPN-NRDC Urban Energy, Climate Change and Transportation Roundtable (Tsinghua University, June 18, program)
Website and registration

About CPN
China Planning Network (CPN) was established in 2004 and has since advanced from simply an academic interest group to become an independent voice that affects the education, research, practice and policies in China’s urban development. CPN has moved forward on its mission to systematically introduce western knowledge and experiences to China and more importantly CPN has started pursuing its vision of cultivating China's own discourse on urban development. As MIT President Susan Hockfield wrote in 2006: "Through the efforts of the China Planning Network, MIT and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, continue to lead the world to bring the advanced knowledge on urban planning and development to bear on China's urbanization challenges."  

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