Political Dialog with Qiu Baoxing2014.09.23
Wolfgang Frey and Qiu Baoxing, Vice Construction Minister of China until September 2014 and now the President of the Chinese Society for Urban Studies, met on 9/23/2014 at technical discussion during the ninth “Conference on Urban Development and Planning” in Tianjin, Beijing.
Both the experts agreed that the aim of sustainable urban space development should be to design such living spaces that respect the traditional living habits of the people and enable social interaction. Complete focus on innovative technologies, however, will not offer any perspective in meeting with the challenges of future urban development.
Wolfgang Frey offered during the meeting a personal invitation by the Freiburg Mayor Dr. Dieter Salomon for participation at the “Urban Development and Planning.” Salomon was pleased with the invitation; however, he could not personally attend the conference.