2023 IACP Annual Conference


Safe, Resilient, and Sustainable Urban and Rural Development

The 17th International Association for China Planning (IACP) Conference

Tianjin, China

Hosted by the International Association for China Planning

Tianjin University

Organized by School of Architecture, Tianjin University

Co-organized by Tianjin University Research Institute of Architectural Design & Urban Planning Co.Ltd.

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts to the 17th IACP Conference.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, urban and rural ecosystems’ resilience and safety, as well as the move toward more sustainable development, have all received global recognition. To achieve future high-quality development, it becomes an important research agenda to learn from international experiences, understand the profound changes in China’s development environment, and enhance the foresight, guidance, and systematization of urban and rural planning practices.

In 2016, the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) advocated changing the urbanization model to address new challenges, such as climate change and informal, unsafe, and unsustainable urban development. The UN-Habitat’s World Cities Report 2022 further underlined safe and resilient development, prioritizing public health, and proposed to enhance the adaptation and resilience of urban and rural environments to shocks and pressures to move towards a more sustainable future. In 2021, China’s 14th Five-Year Plan and the 2035 Long-Term Goals Outline also proposed a shift to the development of super mega-cities while taking into account the multi-faceted needs of the economy, society, culture, ecology, and safety
and strengthening risk management in urban governance to promote high-quality sustainable development. Recent spatial planning in various regions has also proposed multiple measures to increase urban safety, resilience, and sustainability.

The core theme of this annual conference is ‘safe, resilient, and sustainable urban and rural development’. We sincerely invite scholars, planners, engineers, and government administrators from China and around the world to participate in academic exchanges, widely discuss planning theories and practical issues that help drive high-quality urban and rural development in the new era, and share planning research and practices in various fields such as urban economy, culture, society, and ecology. The conference aims to discuss advanced concepts and successful experiences in urban and rural planning and governance in the context of new development through keynote and parallel sessions on new planning concepts, technologies, and issues related to safety, resilience, and sustainable development.

The conference tracks include:

1. Resilient Cities and the Theory of Urban and Rural Resilient Development

2. Spatial Planning System and Territorial Spatial Planning

3. Industrial Revitalization and Urban Vitality

4. Public Health and Healthy City

5. Strategies in Response to Climate Change

6. Urban and Rural Integration and Regional Coordination

7. Urban Regeneration and Value Reshaping

8. Historical and Cultural Preservation in Urban and Rural Areas

9. Smart City and New Technologies in Planning

10. Eco-City and Sustainable Development

11. Transportation and Infrastructure Planning

12. Housing, Community, and Real Estate Development

13. Urban Design and Landscape Planning

14. Others

Abstract Submission

Please submit your paper abstract of 200-300 words, in English only*, to
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iacp2023 by March 1, 2023. Please refer to the template attached.

Paper abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair. Please register as an author in the EasyChair system first.
When making a submission, please select the most appropriate track and submit your abstract to that track ONLY. Please enter the names and contact information of all co-authors. Otherwise, their names will not appear in the conference program. The technical committee of the conference will review all submitted abstracts.

Participants interested in organizing a pre-organized session, please ask your session participants to submit their abstracts as regular abstract submissions. The organizer of the pre-organized session should send a pre-organized session proposal to iacp.conf@gmail.com before April 01. The proposal should include the purpose and theme of the session, and the information of each individual paper (abstract ID, title, and authors). The subject of the email should be formatted as “Pre-organized session proposal: proposal title”.

Organization: on-site conference complemented by online meetings (Depending on the epidemic)

Important Dates

Opening for abstract submission: January 15, 2023

Deadline for abstract submission: March 1, 2023

Notification of abstract acceptance: April 1, 2023

Deadline for advance registration: May 15, 2023

Deadline for student award and travel grant applications: May 15, 2023

Dean’s forum, on-site registration, and technical tours: June 28, 2023

Conference: June 28 – July 2, 2023

Conference Organizing Committee


Chair: Zhenhua Chen (The Ohio State University)

Co-chair: Junfeng Jiao (University of Texas at Austin)

Executive committee: Zhilin Liu (Tsinghua University); Ying He (The Chinese University of Hong Kong); Tao Tao (University of Minnesota)

Contact: iacp.conf@gmail.com

Tianjin University

Chair: Kun Song

Vice chairs: Peng Zeng, Xiwei Xu

Executive committee:
Tianjie Zhang, Qingming Jian, Qiao Wang, Xiaoyan Mi, Wei Zuo,Yu Wang, Yuanyuan Guo

Contact: iacpconference2023@163.com