ChinaTalks Lecture: Shan-Shui City – Exploring Sustainable Urban Development in China

ThinkChina and the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, UCPH, are pleased to announce Professor Hu Jie's ChinaTalks lecture on Sustainable Urban Development in China.


The 21st century can be regarded as an “urban” century. China is now experiencing an accelerated period of urbanization, which has brought rapid development while also urban problems, such as environmental pollution, ecological deterioration and the loss of cultural and regional characteristics.

The concept of Shan-Shui City advocates building cities in accordance with local conditions and respect for local culture. Looking back in history, the relationship between humans and nature has been considered in Chinese civilization since ancient times. The geomorphology and cultural features lead to the Shan-shui city idea. Some famous ancient cities, such as Xian Yang (Qin Dynasty), Lin An (Song Dynasty) and Beijing (Yuan, Ming, Qing Dynasty), are the examples of the pattern of geomantic places.

The characteristics of Shan-shui city include integrating artificial with natural, ecological renaissance, artistic conception, integrity and unity. Some practical projects following Shan-shui concept are introduced, such as Beijing Olympic Forest Park, Tieling Fanhe New City Landscape Planning, Tangshan Nanhu Eco-city Central Park, Core Area of Yulong New City Landscape Planning in Fuxin City, Longwan Central Business District Landscape Planning in Huludao Ctiy and the Comprehensive Plan of Beijing’s 2019 International Horticultural Expo.


Jie Hu, FASLA, Vice-president, Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute (THUPDI. Director & Chief Designer, Research Center for Landscape Architecture in THUPDI. Senior Engineer, Department of Landscape Architecture at School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. Council Member of Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture. 

He holds Master’s Degrees of Landscape Architecture from University of Illinois and Beijing Forestry University. He has over 25 year’s practical experiences both in US and China. 

His projects have won 43 international awards and 44 national awards, including 6 ASLA awards and its different chapters’ awards, 16 IFLA APR awards, 10 BALI international awards, 8 Green Good Design awards, 3 Torsanlorenzo international awards. 

He has published over 40 papers, given more than 50 speeches related to sustainable urban development in China at domestic and overseas conferences and given over 60 lectures in universities and workshops. 

His current research focuses on the application of Shan-shui City concept in multi-scale landscape practices.

Practical Information: 

Time: 14th of June 2018, 14:30 - 16:30

Place: The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen. Auditorium SCI-IGN-F-von-Langen-F111, 1st floor. Rolighedsvej 23, 1958 Frederiksberg.

The lecture will be concluded with a reception.

Registration: Please register through this link.