The forum will take place on the 27th and 28th of October 2011, in the National Museum of China, Tien Anmen Square, Beijing, China.
“Inventing Cities” in Global Time and History, or a trans-cultural tentative to invent a new Urbanism in Global Ages: Globalization versus Cultural Diversity
Brussels 2010 first edition of the EUCHL Forum stressed the importance of a reciprocal and transcultural approach of Globalization in exchanging both Chinese and European Views of the World and Modernity. The main aims of this second edition of the Forum will be:
- To focus on the global concern and responsibility, for both Chinese and European cultures, in the common challenge they necessarily share, to face the ever growing development of mega poles
- to stress the very process and conditions of how a city appears in each people and civilization history
- to stress our will to invent, in a trans-cultural approach, new process and new patterns of the city
This two day Forum will include some of the best scholars and specialists in urbanism, environmental sciences and modern architecture, altogether with historians, philosophers and artists, as well as policy makers and managers from both sides.
The ethic and aesthetic, as well as political dimension of the problem, according to both European and Chinese cultural traditions, will be emphasized and assumed thanks to the active participation in the forum of leading, scholars and managers of some of the main European and Chinese museum such as Le Louvre or Prado in Europe and the Forbidden City in China.
The debates will combine key speeches and presentations with a brainstorming “Think Tank” approach.
A city is an important place in the development of human civilization. Moreover, the modern city becomes the heart of civilization and centre of politics, economy and culture. Research on urban problems refers to those studies about comprehensive phenomena of various problems in human society. Therefore, urban research is a kind of interactive and integrated study which involves sociology, economics, political science, philosophy, cultural studies and all other humanities and social science. It is also a leading-edge and forward-looking study on future human problems.
Just because the city becomes the source of all decisive movements of mankind, such as political, economic and cultural activities, we must get in-depth understanding of a series of issues, such as what the city is, how the city functions, what kind of living space a city could shape, and what sort of possibilities a city could offer? From such a perspective, urban research has made direct and significant difference to national building, social construction and development of the world.
Speakers are also discussants; Chairs will not be speakers, but also discussants; General speaker has 30 minutes; Key speaker has 20 minutes; Debate has 60 minutes.
- Chinese academic curators:
- European Curators:
I- Where did the city come from and where will it go?
City as a product of natural environment, culture and History
How did the city become the political, economic and cultural assembling place? What are the differences between Chinese and European urban history? What are the differences between Chinese and European urban functions? What are the differences between modern and ancient cities? What kind of changes will post-modern or future new cities? What are people’s new expectations on the city?
II- New cities, new governance, new politics
Globalization and new forms of the City: Inventing New Cities towards a New Agora new City patterns, new architectures, new urbanism… (Cultural diversity versus Universality) In the era of globalization, the city faces many new problems, so it should make some innovation in governance, political management and cultural creativity. What is the creativity and innovation experience for Chinese and European cities? What’s the city concept in the new era? What kind of fundamental changes will globalization and new living demands take to the city? Will city deforms or disappears?
III- Urban public spaces
Urban public space is the most special function for cities. Public space can be tangible or intangible. Tangible public space includes squares, museums, concert halls, shops, markets, theatres, office buildings, playgrounds, public transportation, etc. while intangible public space involves media (including Internet, television, radio, magazines, newspapers), academics (academic publications and forums) and government administration (courts and municipal functions). Public space shapes urban life. What do people hope the public space is like? What kind of public space can shape a better city?
IV- New technology and urban life
Different from the ancient city, the modern city is based on and depending on various science and technologies. It can be said that the modern city can exist not only by culture, politics and workmanship, but also by technology. Technology presence in modern cities even redefines the modern urban lifestyle, creating a kind of urban life which can only be possible nowadays. The quality of existence in cities is determined by technical treatment in construction, transportation, pipeline, energy, ecology, logistics, etc. However, there are always a large number of urban technical problems to be discussed and addressed.