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Urban Planning and Design Training Graduates 2007 Class | November 2007

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Daily Summary Session

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Group Presentation

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DDG Zhang and Sec of State Bradbury

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Graduation

On November 19, twenty one delegates graduated from the intensive Sustainable Urban Planning and Design Training Program conducted by the China US Center for Sustainable Development in partnership with Portland State University and its College of Urban and Public Affairs and Executive Leadership Program.

The delegation was led by Deputy Director General ZHANG Qin of the Ministry of Construction (MOC) from Beijing. In addition to the national ministry officials, the twenty one delegates included trainees from: Guangdong, Hebei, Jilin, Liaoning, Qinghai and Zhejiang provinces and Chongqing municipality. With this graduation, there are now 81 training alumni from twenty-one provinces, autonomous regions and major municipalities.

The training sessions combine classroom lectures with hands-on site visits. The training modules for this session focused on sustainable urban planning and design concepts from the public and private perspective, collaborative governance, public participation, low-income housing and green buildings.

The delegation’s site visits include green buildings on the Portland State University campus, the LEED Platinum Gerding Theater, the Portland Bureau of Planning, Portland Union Station and New Columbia Villa.

At the Gerding Theater, the delegation learned about the public-private effort to achieve the highest green building standards in restoring the historic Armory. During their visit to the New Columbia Villa, the trainees were introduced to the development principles and financing methods the Housing Authority of Portland applied in transforming a deteriorated public housing neighborhood into a viable mixed income community, which has become one of the most successful HOPE VI projects in the nation. At the Planning Bureau, delegates had a face to face discussion with their Portland counterparts about Portland’s experiences in the preparation and administration of comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances focused on sustainable principles. The delegation expressed great interest in the role of public participation in the decision making processes of Oregon government agencies.

At the conclusion of the training session, the delegates collaboratively developed presentations on what they learned and shared their plans to apply this new information in China.

Prior to the graduation ceremony, the participants prepared oral and written evaluations regarding the training curriculum and shared ideas for continued improvement. Through active interaction and hard work, new friendships were formed among the training peers and presenters.

In addition to expressing appreciation to the faculty and staff from Portland State University, the Center would like to thank all those presenters and site visit hosts for their generosity and support in sharing their knowledge and hospitality for this training session including: The Honorable Secretary of State for Oregon Bill Bradbury, City of Portland Bureau of Planning, the Gerding Theater, GBD Architects, Gerding Edlen Development Company, Lane Powell Attorneys and Counselors and the Housing Authority of Portland.

The Center would also like to extend special appreciation for their financial support to the Counselors of Real Estate’s James E. Gibbons Educational Trust Fund and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For further information, please contact the Center at info@chinauscenter.org.