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    Date(s) - 27/10/2004
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


    Beijing Ritan Inn House


    south Gate of Ritan Park, Beijing, China
    光华路 近日坛公园南门


    +86 10 6591 9519


    Entrance Fee

    110/140 RMB

    Date: Wednesday, October 27
    Time: noon – 2 p.m.
    Place: Beijing Ritan Inn House, south gates of Ritan park (next to the Moscow restaurant)

    Cost: Members 110 rmb/ Non-members 140 rmb
    Tea is included; soft drinks on consumption basis.

    Dear colleagues, Beijing and most other Chinese cities are undergoing vast transformations as urbanization continues at a phenomenal rate. Land use issues and smart planning are critical to the country’s development. Come hear the views of two urban planners working with Beijing’s city government. They are from the U.S.-based Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and heading the first team of Westerners to advise Beijing’s city planners since the Soviets left in the 1950s. H. James Brown will speak on the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Vision and Roles of its China Program. Chengri Ding will speak on the Rapid Transformation and Challenges and Prospects in China until 2020.

    About the speakers:
    Dr. Chengri Ding is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Studies program at University of Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996. His research interests cover urban economics, urban planning and policy, land policy and management as well as application of GIS and econometrics in planning and policy analysis. Dr. Ding is a special assistant to the President of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s China program and heads the China Program. The program covers training, research, publications, scholar exchanges, fellowships and demonstration projects. Dr. Ding is an expert consultant to the World Bank and foreign expert to the China Development Bank. Dr. Ding is managing three large and potentially influential projects in China. One involves transformation of urban planning so that both market forces and administrative functions determine urban development. The second is to assist in the development of property taxation in China. The third is to reform land policy so that it can balance the concerns of rapid urban development and farmland preservation.

    H. James Brown is the President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, an educational institution dedicated to the study and teaching of land policy, land economics and taxation. From 1970 to 1996, he was a Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. During this time he also served as Director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Chairman of the City and Regional Planning Program, Director of the State, Local and Intergovernmental Center at Harvard University and Director of the MIT/Harvard University Joint Center for Urban Studies. A specialist in land use, housing and regional economics, Brown received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio Wesleyan University (1962), attended the London School of Economics (1963), and was awarded an M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1967) in economics from Indiana University. Brown served as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (1968-1970) prior to his appointment as an Assistant Professor at Harvard in 1970. He was appointed Full Professor in 1975 and Director of the Joint Center in 1982. Brown has worked with a variety of public and private organizations. He currently serves as a Director of BMC West Corporation and American Residential Investment Trust. He previously served as a Managing Partner of Strategic Property Investments, Inc. and as a Director of Pelican Companies, Inc.. He was a member of the Boston Mayor’s Advisory Group on the Linkage Between Downtown Development and Neighborhood Change, the Governor’s Task Force on Metropolitan Development, and the Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Technical Committee on the Third Harbor Tunnel. He served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Government Land Bank. He was a Fellow of the Urban Land Institute, Vice Chairman of the Massachusetts section of the American Institute of Planners, and he has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.