All Sessions programme and participants résumés

GENERAL KEY SPEECHES - Inventing cities

  • Rem Koolhaas
    "speech title and resume to come"



FIRST SESSION - Where did the city come from and where will it go?

  • William Alsop
    “When cities become regions”
  • (Text) - Vincent Pomarède
    "speech title and resume to come"



SECOND SESSION - New cities, new governance, new politics

  • Alvaro Gil Robles
    “Ville et citoyenneté”, "City and Citizenship"

"Une approche des problèmes qui se posent dans les villes actuelles du point de vue de la rencontre entre différentes cultures et l'exercice des droits et des devoirs citoyens"

  • Dagur B. Eggertsson
    “From neighbourhoods to the net - Social capital and deliberative democracy”

“In recent years the city of Reykjavík has made a series of experiments in local democracy, all of which have been directed at increasing social capital of its neighbourhoods. Participatory planning projects have been launched and urban installations introduced in the cites squares. These have fuelled an increased interest in the city’s development. Web-based initiatives have developed from being consultational, to direct voting on single issues and over the last year a sophisticated but simple tool for deliberate democracy has gained momentum.”



THIRD SESSION - Urban public spaces

  • Carlo Ratti
    « Living cities »

« The increasing deployment of networks, sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study and production of the built environment. The way we understand design and understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure. This presentation will look at examples of production of responsive public spaces through the work of the senseable city la at the massachusetts institute of technology (boston, usa) and the design office carloratiassociati - walter nicolino & carlo ratti (torino, italy). »

  • Phivos-Angelos Kollias
    “The self-organising work of music”

“Public spaces are designed to give us the opportunity to share common experiences with other individuals, while encouraging social interaction among us. However, in regular public spaces, there is no significant change by the presence of the participants. Similarly, in the case of a concert hall, during a standard concert, we share the experience with other auditors of the particular environment, of a work of music as it has been composed in advanced. Again, there is no considerable influence on this work from the given space or from our presence.
Now, imagine sharing a common experience of a work of music – a work emerging during the particular circumstances of space and time. Imagine a work of music, which is clearly identifiable between performances but which every time adapts according to the actual conditions: the space it is diffused or the people that experience it. Imagine the experience of a self-organising work of music.”



FOURTH SESSION - New technology and urban life

  • Athar Hussain
    “Promise and challenges of Urbanization”

“Cities generate unprecedented economic opportunities and bring about huge improvements in living standards for massive numbers of people. They also create challenges in developing urban transport network and infrastructure, providing affordable housing, educating and training the next cohort of the labour force and improving the quality of life. China is urbanising at a much faster pace and on a much bigger scale than European countries did. China can learn a lot from the European experience, but she also has to find new ways of managing urbanisation because of its pace and scale.”

  • Gonzague de Pirey
    "Innovative solutions to meet the challenges of tomorrow's habitat"
  • Gilbert Hottois
    “The City as a « Technocosme » in modern and postmodern fiction from the point of view of the philosophy of technology.”

“The city is often the subject of political philosophy. We think it is as much the legitimate object of philosophy of technology. We intend to illustrate the representation of the city as "technocosme" through utopian, dystopian and science fictional literature during the 20th century, from Modernity with its ambivalences to Postmodernity and its diversity. We will comment and analyze these images of the city due to speculative imagination inspired by technoscience, mainly from the perspective of philosophy of technology with some indications of political philosophy.”



CLOSING SPEECHES

  • Alain le Pichon
    "Si je t’oublie, Jerusalem...", "If I forget Thee, Jerusalem..."

In this conclusive presentation, I‘ll try and stress two contradictive arguments profoundly related to the challenge we are supposed to achieve in this Transcultural Euro Chinese Forum
Transcultural reciprocal knowledge requires from both cultural parts, and from both observing and exchanging subjects, to be able to achieve two contradictory goals:
- Enter in the other views and arguments, which is therefore to be able to forget, or provisory cancel your proper views and arguments, according to Descartes principles as expressed in his third Meditation: “I will now close my eyes, … and repute as false and vain all my believes or judgments”…
- But, altogether, to be able to remain faithful to one’s proper subjective story, proper Self, in order to build a real trans-subjective exchange, based on a “face to face” relation.
Those are the two main axes which Transcultura research network tried to develop a meta-methodology on, using, in this sense, as main materials, in the reciprocal exchange process (with, a double possible reference to an important stream in European philosophy – from Aristotle Ethics to Nicoma to Edmund Husserl, as well as to Chinese philosophy, from Confucius to Lao Tseu), key words and key concepts approached in the respective cultural and linguistic context.
But here we meet again the same aporia: a “face to face” reciprocal exchange on key concepts, requires also from the both sides, to be able to be a witness within each one’s live experience. And this is also requiring from each side to stay, respectively, in a relatively equal balance of power.
The key word and key concept , we have chosen for this Conference is the City. But how, we European, can be altogether faithful witnesses of our proper concept and model of the City, in order to be ready for a reciprocal exchange with the Other’s one, welcome it and be open to a new approach for inventing new models together with them, if we are not convinced of, and if we are not any more dwelling in, and living in, the very model of the European City?
This paper is based on the idea that the considerable changes we are actually facing, in terms of balance of power, between emerging, countries and the “Old Europe”, as well as the globalized technological process, puts in question the European concept of the City
Considering the raise of the emerging powers, and among them the main cultural presence of China, and relatively, the decline of our western countries, on one hand, and the progressive deletion of the very historical concept of the European city, on the other hand, the main issues this paper will try to address rely in those two simple question:
- Are we able any more to be the witnesses of our proper Cities?
- Are we able to be faithful enough to our self to enter in a reciprocal innovative process and invent together with the Others the New Cities, in respecting and expanding a real , harmonious and new diversity, rather than the “Junk space” Rem Koolhaas is so acutely analyzing.
A tentative answer , presented in this paper, is that this challenge relies in our capacity to keep, on the both sides, the secret, silent and faithful memory of ourselves. This is requiring, perhaps, in what I should call a «Poetical Reason” - as the first condition of a “meta-methodology of reciprocal knowledge” - this contemplative attitude expressed in the great Exile 136th Psalm: “If I forget thee, Jerusalem”…



PROGRAM

OCTOBER 27 (Thursday)

9:00 / 10:00
Reception and registration

10:00 / 10:35
Opening
Hosted by Ms. Zhao Shaohua, vice-minister of Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China (to be confirmed)
Speakers (20 min each)
- Introduction of the invitees by Ms. Zhao Shaohua (2 mins)
- Director of Chinese National museum (Welcome speech – 5 mins)
- Chinese minister of culture Mr. Cai Wu (10 mins)
- European Commissioner Ms. Androulla Vassiliou(10 mins)
- Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Mr. Bogdan Zdrojewski(3 mins)

10:35 / 10:50
Tea Break

10:50 / 11:50
General Key Speeches : Inventing cities (30 minutes each):
Chairman: Lu Jiande (China)
- Rem Koolhaas (Netherland)
- Huang Ping (China)
Questions & Answers (25 min)

12:20 / 13:40
Lunch

13:45 / 15:50
First Session : Where did the city come from and where will it go?
City as a product of natural environment, culture and History.
How did the city become the political, economic and cultural assembling place? What are the differences between Chinese and European urban history? What are the differences between Chinese and European urban functions? What are the differences between modern and ancient cities? What kind of changes will post-modern or future new city have? What are people’s new expectations on the city?
Chairman: Ms.Yue Daiyun (China)
Speakers: (20 min each)
- Tang Xiaofeng (China)
- Will Alsop (UK) “When cities become regions”
- Li Ling (China)
- Piotr Majewski (Polonais)
- Vincent Pomarède (France), (distributed text)
Quetstions and Debate (40 min)

15:50 / 16:05
Tea Break

16:05 / 18:30
Second Session : New cities, new governance, new politics
Globalization and new forms of the City: Inventing New Cities towards a New Agora new City patterns, new architectures, new urbanism… (Cultural diversity versus Universality)
In the era of globalization, the city faces many new problems, so it should make some innovation in governance, political management and cultural creativity. What is the creativity and innovation experience for Chinese and European cities? What’s the city concept in the new era? What kind of fundamental changes will globalization and new living demands take to the city? Will city deforms or disappears?
Chairman: Zhao Tingyang (China)
Speakers: (20 min each)
- Wang Shaoguang (China)
- Dagur B. Eggertsson (Iceland) « From neighbourhoods to the net - Social capital and deliberative democracy »
- Pan Jiahua (China)
- Alvaro Gil Robles (Spain) “Ville et citoyenneté”, "City and Citizenship"
- Wang Xiangming (China)

Quetstions and Debate (40 min)



19:00 /
Welcome Banquet reserved for Sino-European scholars offered by Mr. Cai Wu (Peking Hotel- to be confirmed)



OCTOBER 28 (Friday)

10:00 / 12:20
Third session: Urban public spaces
Urban public space is the most special function for cities. Public space can be tangible or intangible. Tangible public space includes squares, museums, concert halls, shops, markets, theatres, office buildings, playgrounds, public transportation, etc. while intangible public space involves media (including Internet, television, radio, magazines, newspapers), academics (academic publications and forums) and government administration (courts and municipal functions). Public space shapes urban life. What do people hope the public space is like? What kind of public space can shape a better city?
Chairman: Jean-Marc Terrasse (France)
Speakers: (20 min each)
- Pan Gongkai (China)
- Phivos-Angelos Kollias (Greece) “The self-organising work of music”
- Wang xiaoming (China)
- Carlo Ratti (Italy) “Living cities”
Questions and Debate 40 min

12:20 / 13:50
Lunch

14:00 / 16:25
Fourth session: new technologies and new forms of life for city
Different from the ancient city, the modern city is based on and depending on various science and technologies. It can be said that the modern city can exist not only by culture, politics and workmanship, but also by technology. Technology presence in modern cities even redefines the modern urban lifestyle, creating a kind of urban life which can only be possible nowadays. The quality of existence in cities is determined by technical treatment in construction, transportation, pipeline, energy, ecology, logistics, etc. However, there are always a large number of urban technical problems to be discussed and addressed.
Chairwoman: Sarah Carvallo (France)
Speakers: (20 min each)
- Zhang Jie (China)
- Athar Hussain (UK) “Promise and challenges of Urbanization”
- Ms. Yuan Xiumei (China)
- Gonzague de Pirey (French) « Innovative solutions to meet the challenges of tomorrow's habitat »
- Gilbert Hottois (Belgium) “The City as a « Technocosme » in modern and postmodern fiction from the point of view of the philosophy of technology.”
- Rolf Demmler (Germany)
Questions and Debate 40 min

16:25 / 16:40
Tea Break

16:40 / 17:40
Brainstorming debate: China & Europe, what’s next?
Opening on the main stood out topics of the Forum, and link with the next edition at Le Louvre.
Chairman: Mei Zhaorong (China)
Speakers:
- Markus Ederer (Germany)
- Ms. Zhou Hong(China)
- Alvaro Gil Robles (Spain)
- Liu Mengxi (China)
- (Video) Umberto Eco (Italy)
- Mo Yan (China)

17:40 / 18:00
Performance given by musician : Pedro Bittencourt (Portuguese)

18:00 / 18:40
Conclusion
(Hosted by Huang Ping)
- Lu Jiande (China)
- Alain le Pichon (France), « If I forget Thee, Jerusalem... », « Si je t’oublie, Jerusalem »

18:40 / 18:50
Closing

- Hosted by Mr. Xiang Xiaowei, deputy director general of Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China
- Message from Mr. Jean-Marc Terrasse as representative of Le Louvre, host place of next edition of EU-China High Level Cultural Forum(HLCF)
- Declaration by Mr. Xiang Xiao to announce the end of the present edition of HLCF and make good wish for the next edition

19:00 /
Celebrating Party (Central Hall of National Museum, ground floor)