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The Urban Transformation of Rural China

November 6, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

Speaker: Nick R. Smith, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University and author, The End of the Village
Moderator: Tony Saich, Director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Introduction: Matthew Lee, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School

Over the past twenty years, China has implemented ambitious new plans for expanding urbanization into rural areas. Smith’s research explores this process of rural urbanization from the perspective of municipal planners, village cadres, and rural residents, as their differing visions for rural China’s urban future collide in the transformation of village space.

Lunch will be offered and registration is requested.

Co-sponsored by the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

This in-person event is open to all Harvard University ID holders.


November 6, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm


Bloomberg Center for Cities, Harvard University


Taubman Building, 3rd Floor

Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States

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