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Beyond Buildings: Urban Sustainability and Smart Cities

On 12 March, 2024, the Sustainable Design China Summit partnered with THE CORNER to host a forward-thinking seminar, sparking in-depth discussions on one of the summit's six major themes: "Beyond Buildings: Urban Sustainability and Smart Cities."

The seminar was chaired by Zhuo Tan (Managing Director of Clarion Events China and Show Director of Sustainable Design China Summit), with participation from Zheng Sun (Design Director, ARCHILAND), Hansong Sun (Director of Sustainability, White Peak), and Jean Qin (Deputy Director, Technical Services and Sustainability, Swire Properties).

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2023 Past Sessions

#1 Towards a Greener Future

Towards a Greener Future

28th July 2023 15:00


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In today's world, whenever we discuss topics like "green," "sustainable design," and more, we often talk about policies, carbon footprints, energy, infrastructure, planning, and even sociology (such as inclusive design). We discussed the system of sustainable assessment and the mindset shift among architects in their sustainable practices within a world of climate warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. However, it is time to refocus on architecture itself. Instead of talking solely about the spaces created by architecture, let's delve into the elements that constitute and construct those spaces—let's talk about architectural elements: walls, roofs, doors, windows, and more. These architectural elements are continuously evolving, yet when was the last time we had sustained discussions about them? We have so many new products and technologies, so why are they not widely applied? Are we avoiding the pain points of market and mass production failures? It's time to address these aspects.


  • Financing for Sustainability Impact
  • Building ESG Leadership (Sharing Best Practices)
  • BRE China Awards


  • Ningqing Sun
  • Qingwen Tian
  • Weizhou Fu
  • Wenlan Hao
  • Weiwei Zhu
  • Ang Li
  • Rufei Wang

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#2 Circular Design Matters

Circular Design Matters

11th August 2023 15:00



less than 10% of the global economy is circular. However, if global economic products and materials can be reused, humanity can reduce material usage by 28% and greenhouse gas emissions by 39%. The application of circular design thinking in practice can play a crucial role in building a sustainable future.

On the 11th of August, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, the Sustainable Design China Summit, in collaboration with LOHAS, presents the first workshop at the Open MUJI @MUJI Huaihai 755 store. This session will delve into the theme of "Circular Design Matters" through in-depth discussions.


  • Increasing the lifetime of your assets
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) tools
  • Materiality:- Innovative sustainable materials


  • Natalie Li
  • Angel Liu
  • Follis Liu
  • Maximus Lu
  • Molly Jia
  • Yolanda Dong
#3 A Glimpse into the Future through Streets

A Glimpse into the Future through Streets

27th August 2023 14:00

SDS x Urban Wisdom Advancing with China

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Streets have always served as the most direct incubator for urban life and local culture. Amid the ongoing urban renewal process, urban spaces continuously acquire new attributes, causing the roles of streets to grow more intricate due to evolving demographics and lifestyles. As the new generation, fresh businesses, and novel industries merge with the aging urban population and outdated infrastructures, the community's composition becomes increasingly diverse. The convergence of local work and lifestyle triggers the emergence of fresh consumption patterns and ways of life, effectively catalyzing the renewal of streets and neighborhoods. Concurrently, these newly integrated elements persistently seek to harmonize with their inherent traits while seamlessly integrating into the fabric of the community and street environments. Through this evolutionary process, they iterate upon themselves, generating novel urban spatial scenarios.

On August 27, 2023 (Sunday) from 14:00 to 16:00, the Sustainable Design China Summit is collaborating with Urban Wisdom Advancing with China to present a workshop centered on the theme "Exploring Future Visions through Streets: Harmonizing Tradition and Modernity in Sustainable Design." The event will be hosted at 6F, Xiansvo, No.98-1, Yanping Rd, Jingan District, Shanghai.


  • Juan Li
  • Vivian Sze/Tiffany Wong
  • Ann
  • Kai Liu
  • Nicole
#4 Holistic Hospitality

Holistic Hospitality

8th September 2023 14:30

SDS x BloombergGreen


Globally, there are nearly 200,000 hotels with 18 million rooms, contributing to 1% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. As the tourism industry continues to grow, this proportion is expected to increase. With the rise in environmental awareness, many travelers now have higher expectations for the sustainability of hotels. Newly constructed hotels are also incorporating sustainability into their designs, such as using eco-friendly materials, reducing the use of traditional plastic products, and implementing recycling programs for hotel supplies.

On September 8, 2023 (Friday) from 14:30 to 16:30, the Sustainable Design China Summit, in collaboration with Bloomberg Green, presents an offline workshop at the Kohler Shanghai Experience Center. The workshop is centered around the theme of "Holistic Hospitality".


  • Zheng Gao, Project Director, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Middle East, West Asia, Europe, Africa

  • Alicia Tung - Managing Director, BloombergGreen, Greater China

  • Robert Wu - Vice President, IWBI China

  • Feng Xuan, Associate Sales Director, Kohler (China) Investment Group Ltd, Jiangsu, Zhejiang


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