On September 20, 2016, “Quality and Vitality”— Jing’an Urban Renewal Forum was held in Ming Contemporary Art Museum. This forum was part of 2016 Jing 'an International Public Art & Urban Renewal Forum. Those who attended the forum on invitation included Zheng Shiling, an academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Su Gongzhou, former Chief Engineer of Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute among other experts and scholars. The forum was hosted by Wang Lin, a professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University. The forum focused on discussing how to improve a city’s overall competitiveness and build a more charming cultural city while enhanced environment promotes the change of lifestyle, on the basis of Jing’an practical experience in urban renewal under “Charming Style” and “Recreation Network” programs.
“Quality” is embodied in the “Charming Style” program, which focuses on the “diversity, expansion and protection, quality enhancement, style coordination and cultural charm” of Shanghai culture to save a group of alleys and blocks, public buildings, industrial remains and streets with traditional local characteristics.
“Vitality” is embodied in the “Recreation Network” program, which focuses on demand for healthy and organic lifestyle, making a strong case for slow transportation, comfortable, accessible and properly dense walking space and quality living environment against the backdrop of energy tension, declining air quality and new concept for healthy life.