Over 40 Countries Participate in 2018 Placemaking Week in Wuhan, China


At the opening session of Wuhan Placemaking Week, Mr. Sheng Hongtao, the Director of the Wuhan Land Resources and Planning Bureau, announced the Wuhan Declaration UN-Habitat/2018, saying that “when urban development focuses on placemaking, vibrant public spaces are put front and center.”

Wuhan, China | December 2018 - The three-year partnership between UN-Habitat and several institutions in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, culminated in the 2018 International Placemaking Week. Nearly 500 participants from 41 countries explored how to improve urban public spaces and ensure that communities help create, plan, design and manage public spaces which promote the public’s health, happiness and well-being. 

Under the theme “Shaping Better Public Spaces—Remaking Places, Transforming Cities”, the Wuhan Municipal Government and UN-Habitat hosted the multi-partner event series, at five city locations from 6 – 13 December.

Delegates and speakers were welcomed at the plenary session on 11 December, at the Wuhan Conference Centre by Vice-Mayor Wang Xiangwang. Mr. Sheng Hongtao, the Director of the Wuhan Land Resources and Planning Bureau, announced the Wuhan Declaration – seven commitments to promote placemaking leading to quality public spaces in China, and beyond. The leaders of the participating organizations also launched the China Placemaking Network. Students who had participated in the Guibei Area international student planning competition were awarded.

WLSP and the International Society of City and Regional Planners hosted an intensive planning session or charrette and a forum on placemaking for waterfronts. WLSP and the Project for Public Space (PPS) explored placemaking in historical streets and heritage areas. Wuhan University and Huazhong University for Science and Technology invited students and speakers to their campuses to discuss placemaking for communities.

The Wuhan Placemaking Week featured on social media in China and beyond (#PlacemakingWeekWuhan) with studies, presentation and coverage by PPS on placemakingweek/wuhan.org.  Read more on “Placemaking Takes Root in China”.

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