The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


Claire McAndrew joins The Bartlett China Academission 2017

4 December 2017

URBAN SPACES: how to create, retain, enhance and measure value.

Bartlett Academission 2017

This Autumn, The Bartlett Dean Alan Penn led a delegation of senior academics to China. Symposia on the theme URBAN SPACES were held at Hong Kong University, South China University of Technology, Wuhan University, Tongji University and Tsinghua University, where both The Bartlett and local academics shared their views, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A chaired by Deans of the local institution.

The Bartlett’s academics shared their experience on how disciplines such as urban spatial master planning, new paradigms for real estate design, delivery and management; innovative financing mechanisms, digital innovation; public spaces and regeneration can create, retain and enhance value – and how to measure it.

A crucial time for urban development, Prof Alan Penn commented:

“The timing of this visit could not [have] been at a more important time for China who are addressing the tensions between economic prosperity, heritage, environment and resources and health and welfare. In addressing these tensions ‘value’ will be created. The role of the knowledge base to generate the evidence to help inform development of more vibrant urban-rural places to live and work has never been more critical than now.”

Many Bartlett academics make frequent visits to China and there is fruitful ongoing engagement with Chinese partners, academics, professionals, alumni, and government officials. This academission continued these conversations with government meetings at Provincial and municipal levels, British Consul-Generals and Embassy staff in Beijing – all wishing to discuss how they can gain additional value from their activities.

Further information on destinations and public lectures can be found here.