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FT Urban Regeneration Summit
Shanghai, September 22, 2008

The Financial Times is organizing the Urban Regeneration Summit at the Hyatt on the Bund in Shanghai on September 22, 2008.

The conference will bring together urban planners, property developers, investors, financiers, environmentalists, architects and regulators, for a summit focused on the trends and best practice in urban regeneration.

This one-day conference will examine the pressures facing the world's cities as they expand and age, and how under-developed areas are being renewed, often through public-private partnerships, to create sustainable living and working environments.

How can planners ensure that urban regeneration is financially viable while also meeting community and sustainability goals?

Successful projects will be used as models for a discussion on identifying best practice in urban renewal. Experts will examine the funding solutions that have helped deliver projects and other factors behind initiatives, including mixed use and mixed-tenure strategies, community inclusion, the role of design and architecture, impact assessment and regulatory support.

Given the reliance on different sectors of society, do the costs of partnership sometimes outweigh the benefits for property developers?

The Summit will also look at the new projects being implemented in emerging hubs like Shanghai and the scope for multi-sector cooperation, given the role of private enterprise in a field that has significant social and economic implications.

Key topics

  • What impact can successful regeneration have on the economy and society?
  • How can planners ensure that urban regeneration is financially viable while also meeting social and environmental goals?
  • What is the balance between preserving the past and building for the future?
  • What are the particular challenges facing China and other fast-growing emerging economies?


  • Vincent H. S. Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Shui On Land
  • Stephen Barter, UK Chairman, Urban Land Institute
  • Greg Clark, Project Director, UK-China Urban Development Dialogue
  • Randall Crane, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA
  • Sam Crispin, Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai; Co-founder, Shanghai Urban Regeneration Foundation
  • Janamitra Devan, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Alven Lam, Director, International Research, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Clint Laurent, Managing Director, Global Demographics
  • Jaquelin Robertson, Founding Partner, Cooper, Robertson & Partners
  • Zheng Shiling, Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University
  • Paul Zimmerman, Founding Member, Designing Hong Kong

FT Urban Regeneration Summit

Hyatt on the Bund

Shanghai, September 22, 2008.

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