13 - 14 October 2022
Australia & China (Virtual)
The symposium is organized as 2-days international on-line event (webinar) by the School of Built Environment at The University at New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) and the Design School at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China.
The symposium aims to provide a formal platform where participants can share their research, experience and up-to-date knowledge of urban regeneration and rural revitalization strategies, and where they can critically compare and outline the dynamic tension and multiple design, environmental and socio-economic challenges in Australia and China.
The event is open to scholars, practitioners and academics from Australia, China and overseas. Invited speakers will present a series of the status of art of the urban regeneration and rural revitalization practices and models in Australia and China.
It is expected the symposium will be an occasion for fruitful exchange and effective dialogue on themes related to urban-rural destruction and regeneration techniques, the sustainable reconversion of the natural landscapes, eco-urban design approach that can cope with climate change, and issues related to environmental disruption and urban/rural economic and spatial regeneration.
Despite several obvious social, political, economic, and cultural differences as national entities, legacy of their own history and cultural background, Australia and China share relevant analogies when it comes to other factors and general trends in terms of urbanization and potentiality for their future development. Both countries have vast lands full of natural resources and are set in the Asia Pacific region and recent decades have seen a clear communal pattern regarding urban growth models and planning strategies, with the state-driven efforts to privilege the expansion of urban centres over the more rural zones.
In terms of regional and urban planning, in Australia most urbanization have been absorbed by the few large metropolises in the state capitals in the East coast mainly set along the axis connecting Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne. In China the central government policies have reiterated the strategic importance of the East seaboard concentrating the economic power and growth engines in the sprawling megacities forming an integrated urban network stretching from Beijing/Tianjin, through Nanjing/Shanghai, and to Shenzhen-Hong Kong conurbations.
A pivotal shift is currently unfolding in both countries, and it focuses on the importance to revert the process of continuous growth of the large cities and move toward a progressive modernization of small cities and rural towns (China) and the regional centres (Australia), as alternative poles of immigration and new cores of economic growth and prosperity for the nation and the people.
In the last few years in Australia this process has been fuelled by an emerging new wave of movement of people driven by the pandemic and supported by ad-hoc national and local development policies. Large numbers of professionals and skilled labourers willing to leave behind the constraints of the urban life have been drawn to regional areas by the benefits of a healthier and more personally stratifying regional lifestyle in smaller towns.
In China, the main task of new-type urbanization has been transferred from ‘new town development’ to ‘urban regeneration’ since 2017, when the central government initiated the plan of ‘ecological restoration, urban renaissance’. Following the national ‘Strategic Plan on Rural Revitalization 2018-2022’, the newly established Ministry of Natural Resource intends to facilitate the integrated development of urban and rural areas by considering the ecological capacity of a given area from a more comprehensive perspective.
Among other factors, the outbreak of COVID-19, and subsequent lockdowns and widespread remote working, also forced planners and designers in both Australia and China to rethink everything they do from a broader sense of sustainability and attention to long-term development based among others on environmental considerations and the use of strategies to promote a more effective socio-economic regeneration of the local communities.
Beyond the list above we welcome papers presenting knowledge created and practice-based experience in recent case studies in Australia and China.
ARCHITECTURE , URBAN DESIGN , LANDSCAPE , SUSTAINABILITY , ENGINEERING , GOVERNANCE , HOUSING , CITY PLANNING , SOCIOLOGY & HISTORY , HERITAGE , REGENERATION.
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This two-day symposium will take place as online (webinar) event. Presentations will be via Microsoft Teams (in person or pre-recorded) and there will be no registration fee. The event will be live stream for registered audience.
A typical presentation session will be 20 minutes.
The format of the day will include enough time for formal and informal discussion. Therefore, the number of abstracts accepted will be limited to max 18 and assessed on their quality, and on achieving a balance of topics and approaches.
The number of abstracts and papers accepted for presentation will be limited to 18 and assessed on their quality, and on achieving a balance of topics and approaches.
Send abstracts to: Dr. Raffaele Pernice, firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon acceptance of the abstract: submission of a full paper of 6000 words max inclusive of notes and bibliography (use Chicago style; tentatively consider using no more than 5 pics or charts in the paper); provision of high resolution pictures (1 M or larger).
The various contributions presented at the symposium will be further revised and the compilation of essays will be collated into a final edited book to be published in the following year (tentative names of the publishers: Routledge, Wiley & Sons, Edward Elgar, Springer, Cambridge Scholars Publishing).
Presentation will be via Microsoft Teams either in person or pre-recorded. Abstract are accepted until 31 March 2022.
The document must be in Microsoft Word. Please download the abstract template from here: ABSTRACT FORM.
Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission NFACR 2022
File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_Abstract_NFACR_2022
Example file name: Name_Surname_Title Paper_Abstract_ NFACR_2022
Instruction for Authors of the Paper of Accepted Abstracts
Accepted papers for the symposium will be submitted in MS Word format. While each author has the autonomy to develop their own arguments, in order to achieve consistency with all other contributions (and maximize the fit with the planned edited book) it will be opportune to adhere as much as possible to the following general essay structure.
All authors should give appropriate titles to section 2,3 and 4 and add subheading as suitable:
Basic structure/outline of the essay
The final essay for the edited book should be 6000 words max (but a shortened version of 3000+ words is also fine for the presentation at the symposium), including notes/references and bibliography (Chicago style). If possible, keep the number of the images/pictures and charts to 5 max.
Please note that each author is responsible for obtaining the copyright/permission for the reproduction of the images in the essay contributed.
The document must be in Microsoft Word.
Subject line for emails: Paper Submission NFACR 2022
File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_Paper_NFACR_2022
Example file name: Name_Surname_Title Paper_Paper_ NFACR_2022
UNSW Sydney – School of Built Environment / History and Theory of the Built Environment Research Cluster
XJTLU – Design School
Symposium Organizing Committee:
Symposium Scientific Committee:
Prof. Jian Kang (UCL, Faculty of Built Environment)
Prof. Simon Pinnegar (UNSW Sydney, School of Built Environment)
Prof. Robert Freestone (UNSW Sydney, School of Built Environment)
Dr. Yun Gao (University of Huddersfield, Dept. of Architecture)
Dr. Kostantinos Papadikis (XJTLU, Design School)
Prof. Joon Sik Kim (XJTLU, Design School)
The event has been supported with funds from UNSW Sydney – School of Built Environment, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) – Design School, and by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relationships 2021 grant (Ref: NFACR21/220476)