China’s urbanization over the last thirthy years has been unprecedented in scale: 500 million people were lifted out of poverty, and China managed unprecedented growth that averaged 10 percent a year. Urbanization has relied excessively on land conversion and land financing, which is causing inefficient urban sprawl and, on occasion, ghost towns, and wasteful real estate development. China’s leadership is well aware of these challenges and calls for a new model of urbanization to match China’s evolving development goals and meet the emerging challenges. A new model can support more efficient growth through better allocation of land, labor, and capital; be more inclusive and share benefits of urbanization more widely than in the past; and be environmentally sustainable.

The Urban Morphology Institute has been involved in many projects across urban China and seeks to reinforce its presence to provide its expertise in the field of urban development and contribute to China’s urbanization paradigm shift. Below is a sample of the projects carried by the Urban Morphology Institute in China.

Urban Development Strategies

The Institute has contributed to the elaboration of the joint report by the World Bank and the Development Research Center of China’s State Council, Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization, which lead to major recommendations for reforming urban planning and design and a new model of urbanization for China. More on this project

Design & Transit Oriented Development

The Urban Morphology Institute has participated to a series of workshops organized by the World Bank accross China. The workshops focused on land use and transport planning around mass transit locations in Tianjin and Qingyang. The Institute has designed a fully developed urban block with an innovative cluster of buildings and elevated gardens in Tianjin, Tianjin Green Triangle (Designed by Serge Salat, architect).

Green Triangle1Urban Morphology Institute ©