Workshop “Housing in Urban China” – Sciences Po (Paris) – 13 et 14 juin 2019
Workshop “Housing in Urban China: Policies, Practices and Comparative Approaches”
Organization: Sciences Po, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE),Center for International Studies (CERI) & Urban School Supported by the program Cities are back in town
Place : Sciences Po, Conference Room 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris
Website: Housing in Urban China
Since the end of the 1990s, housing has become a crucial issue in China. Moreover, the housing approach allows us to take into account a large array of challenges facing contemporary Chinese society. Housing industry is today one of main growth-driven economic sector. Homeowners have emerged as a new social category, having high level of living standards and high expectations. Real estate residences have completely reshaped the urban landscape, creating a new social geography. But problems have arisen. In sharp contrast with the past, large cities face gentrification process, leading to social polarization between upper class and underclass areas. Migrant workers meet more and more difficulties to find a place to stay, and social housing is an issue of growing concern for public policies. Because of the endless increase in real estate prices, the new generation is facing serious difficulty to have access to propriety but the older generations of homeowners expect prices will further increase. Heritage conservation and urban planning policies create difficulties between different levels of the administration.