IACP Yuelu forum—The International Symposium of Hilly City and Architecture, jointly hosted by IACP and Hunan University, was held at the School of Architecture, Hunan University, Changsha, on June 20-21.
The symposium invited more than twenty well-known experts, including domestic and international scholars and professionals. This symposium is comprised of six themes: ecological rehabilitation and urban refurbishment, integration of industry and city, big data and smart city, resilience and climate adaptive city, transportation and infrastructure planning, hilly city design and landscape planning, and landscape architecture. The experts shared their most recent research outcomes, and the discussion encouraged interactions among planning researchers, practitioners, and students of various backgrounds.
Following the opening ceremony, eighteen experts presented their research on June 20. The presentations covered many prevailing topics, including air pollution, land finance, jobs-housing balance, social justice, and so on. Based on the principles of sustainable development, these presentations explored new approaches in urban development from eight perspectives—society, economy, space, planning, environment, big data, climate, and transportation.
On June 21, three panel discussion sessions were held: hilly city and architecture, sustainable urban planning education, and strategies to promote resilient urban planning and development (using Changsha as an example).
The symposium integrated academic presentations with panel discussions, debated on obstacles and challenges as well as innovative approaches of sustainable development for hilly cities. The symposium laid out new directions in urban planning research and practice, encouraged initiatives in the field, and explored feasible solutions to achieve harmonious development of cities and human settlement.
Authors: Lingqian Hu, Zhenhua Chen, Jie Song, Bo Ma