UCL signs city planning deal in China

UCL today signed a deal to foster an exchange of expertise in city masterplanning for China's Hunan province.

The agreement is part of the UK-China business summit led by the prime minister David Cameron.

The signing of the memoranda aims to translate research knowledge into practice and in so doing fostering closer ties with China, from which broader UK commercial opportunities can follow.

The work will focus on CZT City Cluster, which comprises eight major cities and is home to 65 million people, is a critical development zone in China. 

This aims to build a world-class, modern, ecological, liveable city cluster which tackles sustainability and industrial growth.

It is located at a natural North-South and East-West intersection, a key location for developing China’s interior and strengthening regional economic competitiveness.

As part of its long-term strategy the CZT City Cluster needs to address energy demand reduction, integrated transportation systems, water, heritage conservation, regeneration and a programme of sustainable urbanisation. 

Alan Penn, dean of UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, said: "The Bartlett will shortly embark on a pilot project in Yiyang, one of the CZT region’s eight major cities – to demonstrate cutting edge spatial masterplanning technologies which will be integrated with CSU’s economic enterprise modelling expertise to create a much more powerful and iterative tool for predicting, shaping and monitoring the region’s future growth and prosperity."

The results of the pilot project will be announced at a conference in Changsha in one year’s time.

huw.morris@haymarket.com

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