23 sep '14
The 2013 reconnaissance
The first exploratory work week was held in September 2013 during the Beijing Design Week. Dutch and Chinese participants tackled three pilot projects in Beijing that were proposed by a local stakeholder, the Fengtai District Planning Bureau. You can read more about this undertaking here.
Since then the interest in Towards2050 has grown, among Dutch as well as Chinese organizations, knowledge institutions and businesses. This shows there is a growing realization that today’s complex urban issues call for a multidisciplinary approach and international cooperation.
This year’s theme is Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Towards2050 is therefore working with Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, the Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Development, the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Land and Resources, World Bank Beijing Office, Tsinghua University, China Railway Corporation, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design, China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, UED Magazine, CMoDA and Beijing Design Week.
‘I’m pleased about the wide-ranging backgrounds and expertise of the Chinese and Dutch participants,’ says programme curator Ton Venhoeven. ‘There are various kinds of specialists, generalists, policy-makers and designers, from public as well as private institutions. They are working together with professors and students on projects that contribute to smart, competitive, sustainable and healthy urban regions.’
One special aspect of the programme is the close cooperation between designers and financial specialists. This teamwork was inspired by the Chinese government’s desire to improve the quality of life in cities by means of a market-oriented strategy rather than a planned economy approach. For China, the urban conurbations of the Netherlands and their interconnections represent an interesting practice, offering a solid basis for the sharing of expertise as well as capital flows – in both directions.
Beijing Municipal Commission on Urban Planning, Tsinghua University, Beijing Institute for Architectural Design, China Academy for Urban Planning and Design, China Architectural Design Research Group, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design, the Royal Dutch Embassy in Beijing, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands), the Delta Metropolis Association, the City of Utrecht, VenhoevenCS architecture+urbanism, René Kuiken Urbanism, Fabric, KCAP, MLA+, GroupA, Benthem Crouwel, Urhahn Urbanism, Fakton.
Creative Industries Fund NL