Congestion, affordable houses and environment protection are common issues faced by Guangzhou, Auckland and Los Angeles, the three members of the Tripartite Economic Alliance.
Targeting these issues, the roundtable conference on urban planning and design was held in Guangzhou on November 10 as one of the sub-sessions of the Tripartite Economic Summit.
Chris Darby, Chair of Auckland Council’s Planning Committee said a MoU on urban design was signed among the three cities in 2016, and it had harvested a variety of joint projects until now.
Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland (R3), witnesses the signature of a MoU between GZPI and University of Auckland. [Photo\Newsgd.com]
“Three of our great designers came to Guangzhou this May and cooperated with Guangzhou Planning Institution (GZPI) on the Pearl River projects,” said Chris Darby, “we’re also about to receive three brilliant designers from Guangzhou and Los Angeles as interns into Auckland.”
Joseph Rosenberg is an urban designer from Los Angeles working at Aecom, an engineering firm on the Fortune 500 list. He is one of the three interns of the Auckland project and attended the workshop earlier in Guangzhou.
“In the Guangzhou workshop, we came up with different designs to revitalize the waterfront areas, such as Dashatou Ferry Terminal and Haixinsha. And soon, I will work in a local firm in Auckland focusing on landscape,” said Joseph Rosenberg, “these projects help understand different challenges they have but also similar issues, so that we can learn different ideas and bring back to our own cities.”
A seminar on water space design workshop is held among designers from the three cities. [Photo\Newsgd.com]
Furthermore, the round table conference invited elites from three cities to share ideas on urban renovation, waterfront space design and transit-oriented development.
At the water space design workshop, designers from the three cities discussed about the waterfront planning along the Pearl River. Through discussion, designers from LA and Auckland suggested that the Pearl River’s waterfront could have more public space and increase the interaction between people and the water.
On the same day, four other roundtable conferences were also organized, covering biomedicine, animation, education and food and beverage.