Urban and Rural Planning in Xinjiang: Urbanization and Cultural Identity
27 July 2012
Urbanization has been the principal impetus of China's economic development in the past three decades. Urban planning has been an extremely complicated process of redistributing spatial resources in a transitional society. The issue of cultural identity adds an additional layer of complexity, especially in China's autonomous regions for ethnic minorities. Professor Li Huijun has directed more than ten urban and rural planning and architectural design projects in Turpan, Xinjiang since 2006. In this talk, he will discuss the tensions between national and regional culture, the Islam and secular society, and religion and modernization arising in these projects.
Professor Li Huijun is Director of the Center of Spatial Culture in the School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiaotong University. He has published widely on urbanization and planning in China and has extensive experience in urban and rural planning and architectural design.