Livable Cities and Urban Communities: Lens through Romania, India and Mauritius


No matter in metropolis or small town, we are seeking for better livability.

No matter in urban center or periphery, we need sustainable community life. But how the cities will look like?

In the name of globalisation, middle class, gentrification, Urban China Glocal Insights Panel 3 in Eslite Spectrum Suzhou, invites you to think about the ideal livable cities and urban communities.


Aura Istrate
Romanian, PhD candidate in Urban Studies, speaking on "Urban Livability in Shanghai"

Sharvari Shanmugam
Indian, Master student in Architecture, speaking on "Creating Urban Community Form in Peri-urban China"

Brian Chan Yook Fo
Mauritius, Master student in Architecture, speaking on "Creole Architecture and Urban Morphology in Mauritius"


Dr Austin Williams
Associate professor of Architecture at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China and the director of the Future Cities Project in London. He is also the China correspondent for The Architectural Review, contributing editor for AR Pacific Region, and also writes for L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui. His latest book: "China's Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-cities" (Bloomsbury, 2017)

He is the author of several books, including ‘The Enemies of Progress’and co-editor of ‘The Future of Community’ and ‘The Lure of the City.’ He co-founded the mantownhuman manifesto and the New Narratives initiative.

Dr Chia-Lin Chen
Lecturer at Department of Urban Planning and Design, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. MSc urban regeneration and PhD degree in urban and regional planning in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK. She had extensive work experience including working on building and urban design for local government in Taiwan, international consultant for Asian Development Bank, post-doc researcher for EU INTERREG 4B project "SINTROPHER", and international expert for roundtable discussion organized by International Transport Forum, OECD.

She is interested in issues of urban regeneration and place making. Her academic contributions focus through the lens of transport and its inter-relation with developmental impacts at multiple spatial levels, including uneven development, social/economic change and territorial transformation, motility and mobility, quality of life, multi-level governance through cross-cultural comparative studies.




  • Urban China
  • Eslite Spectrum Suzhou


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  • CDC