Beijing Forum - 27/28 Oct 2011


Urbanism: modern forms of life and Environment
“Inventing Cities” in Global Time and History or a trans-cultural tentative to invent a new Urbanism in Global Ages: Globalization versus Cultural Diversity

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 problem. 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.

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Brussels 2010 first edition of the EUCHL Forum stressed the importance of a reciprocal and transcultural approach of Globalization in exchanging the 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 the 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 days 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 responsible, policy makers and managers from the both sides.

The ethic and aesthetic, as well as political dimension of the problem, according to the 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.

Companies involved in city industry, environment and city management will be invited to follow and, eventually, take part in some of the debates sessions

The debates will combine key speeches and presentations with a brainstorming “Think Tank” approach.

Time: Oct.27th -28th, 2011
Venue: Jade Hall, National Museum of China

Chinese academic curators:

  • Huang Ping, (Political sociologist, Director, Centre for World Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
  • Zhao Tingyang, (Philosopher; professor of Philosophy, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences )

European Curators:

  • Alain le Pichon, (Anthropologist, and President and co-founder with Umberto Eco of Transcultura International Institute)
  • Rem Koolhaas, (Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist, and "Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design" at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA)
  • Jean-Marc Terrasse (Auditorium director, Le Louvre)

Sponsored by:

  • Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China
  • Directorate General of Education & Culture, European Commission

Co-organized by:

  • Centre for World Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Transcultura International Institute
  • Chinese National Museum

Rules :

  • Speakers are also discussants; Chairs will not be speakers, but also discussants; General speaker has 30 minutes; Key speaker has 20 minutes; Debate has 40 minutes.