Second Panel Discussion on Future Trends & Sustainability by DAAD IC Shanghai & German Centre Shanghai takes place June 17th, 2021

How can we think of a Future City as smart and sustainable? Which architectural and environmental solutions do we need to make a city worth living in?

The panel discussion looks at potentialities and challenges of contemporary developments in urbanization. Backdrop is the rapidly transforming megalopolis Shanghai, role model of a Chinese modern city, embedded in the fertile Yangtze delta.

Future City - Panel Discussion

RSVP: First come, first serve.

To register, please send an E-Mail to: until June 13rd, 2021.

Panel Discussion – Program

4:00 pm          Registration & Afternoon High Tea-Welcome

4:30 pm          Opening Ceremony

  • Sakine Weikert, Director, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD Shanghai Office)
  • Christian Sommer, CEO & Chairman, German Centre for Industry and Trade Shanghai
  • Maximilian Hallensleben, Consul, Cultural and Press Affairs, German General Consulate Shanghai

4:40 pm          Future City - Panel Discussion: Architectural and Environmental Solutions

Impulse by each panelist & discussion: audience and panel

Moderator: Christian Sommer

  • Fanny Hoffmann-Loss: Associate Director of gmp Architects (von Gerkan, Marg and Partners), Shanghai Flaneur Expert:

           Urban Identity

  • Nicole Umlauf: Head of BMBF-Project Office "Clean Water" China, BMBF: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research:    

          Clean Water: Growing Demand versus Limited Resources

  • Manuel Scherfer: Vice Director, Urban Development Design Group:

          ‘Passiv Haus’ and Sustainable Living Spaces

  • Simon Berg: Director, anySCALE Shanghai:

          From Co-Working to Corporate Office – A Human-Centric Shift in the Design of China’s Work Environments

6:00 pm        Closing Remarks

6:10 pm        Networking Dinner / Barbecue


The panel discussion “Future City” focusses on architectural and environmental impulses to discuss, how cities become appealing places to live in. Shanghai inherits many contrasting phenomena at once.

A giant scale high rise architecture co-existing with old quarters:

  • The sensitive status of the lòng táng and its increasing demolition poses the question, how a sustainable urban renewal would look like.

The cities permanent growth versus its limited natural resources:

  • A constantly growing demand for clean water, food and energy as well as its challenges for the city´s supply and disposal require smart environmental technologies and management tools as well as good governance. Projects such as Chongming Island, the first Chinese eco-island next to Shanghai, the rapid implementation of waste segregation and Shanghai´s efforts to reduce plastic waste (e.g. ban of free plastic bags) are important steps towards a more sustainable development.

Smart design and the digital city faces:

  • Automatization of buildings such as implementing intelligent materials or lighting control become ever more important.

User well-being experiences:

  • Nevertheless, a role model city has to stay a social and human centered place. Therefore, user well-being solutions e.g. appealing work places or urban gardening play a vivid role in stimulating progress and a sustainable community building.

Future City is following Future Mobility as the second part of a series of panel discussions & networking events launched by DAAD IC Shanghai & German Centre Shanghai. The aim is bringing together DAAD and Germany-Alumni, a scientific crowd, economic stakeholders and creative leaders to discuss future trends in China.

OrganizationDAAD IC Shanghai, German Centre for Industry and Trade Shanghai

Date: June 17th, 2021

Time: 4:00-6:30pm

Place: German Centre for Industry and Trade Shanghai, 88 Keyuan Road, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong, 201203 Shanghai

The event will be held in English. Free entrance.

RSVP: First come, first serve.

To register, please send an E-Mail to: until June 13rd, 2021.

Informationen zur Veranstaltung

17. Juni 2021, 16:00 bis 18:30 Uhr

German Center Shanghai
Veranstalter: DAAD Shanghai, German Centre for Industry and Trade Shanghai