Newly Formed Center for Urban Development and Land Policy in China Will Focus on Housing Trends

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorBeijing, CHINA–The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Peking University have together established the Center for Urban Development and Land Policy on the University’s campus in the city of Beijing. This Center aims to enhance academic teaching and research as well as facilitate discussions on issues such as sound policy use, regulation, and taxation of land and urban development in China.The Center, which will open early this year, comes at a time when Chinese cities are experiencing unprecedented growth in terms of construction and the number of people moving in.China currently accounts for half of all building area in the world. “Nearly 45 percent of its population is urbanized and up to 20 million people immigrate to the cities in China every year,” Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, tells MHN. “With this Center we seek to develop institutional capacity in China to address the many challenges that the country’s rapid growth has for land,” says Ingram. “We want to continue to strengthen China’s expertise in land policy and planning for urban development, through research fellowships and training.” “I hope the joint center will offer a platform for international and Chinese scholars to share experiences and deepen understanding of urbanization, land and fiscal policies in China and around the world,” says Lin Jianhua, executive vice president and provost of Peking University.Urbanization in China has led to rapid multifamily construction and the proportion of multifamily homes to single family-homes is now very high.“There is hardly any single family-housing in cities,” Ingram tells MHN. Traditional Chinese settlements with one or two stories called Hutongs are being torn down and replaced with taller multifamily homes.