Wohin des Weges?

Insights into the Healthy City Lab Research at Tongji University in Shanghai

January 2019

WANG Lan is an architect and assistant dean at CAUP College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai. She heads the WLANLab and Healthy City Wlan Lab.

Wang Lan has a Bachelor and Master degree in Urban Planning and Design from Tongji University. For her Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy she attended the University of Chicago, Illinois. She has been the Assistant Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Tongji University since July 2014, and the Secretary General of the National Steering Committee of China Urban and Rural Planning Education since 2010. She is both a Senior Urban Development Specialist for Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Urban Regeneration Consultant for the World Bank, and also serves as the Deputy Director of ADB-Tongji University Urban Knowledge Hub. Her current research interests include healthy cities, urban regeneration, new town development, and strategic planning in globalising cities.

Her recent book “Walkable Cities in High Density China, Liveable, Healthy and Sustainable” features the results of the Joint Research Lab, an academic joint research between University IUAV of Venice and Tongji University, CAUP, and was published in March 2018.

Dr. Annette Erpenstein, urban planner and associate partner at the CONSTELLATIONS Shanghai office, spoke to WANG Lan in her office at the Tongji campus.