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We are delighted to be joining forces with the Royal Institute of Brititsh Architects to invite Prof Ruan Yisan, Director of the National Research Centre for Historic Cities, Tongji University, to deliver the society's annual lecture this year.

The talk will be followed by a wine and nibbles reception, during which time there will be a chance to view the exhibition "Urban Heritage Conservation in China" by the Ruan Yisan Heritage Foundation.

Meridian Society/SACU members £5.50; non-members £8.50

All Meridian/SACU members must book through the RIBA website - they cannot book through us. The process is as follows:

Follow the weblink: http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Talks/Events/2010/Autumn/ShanghaiImpossibleCity.aspx

Go into Register now

(Note: This does not oblige you to become a member of RIBA)

Complete personal details, including security question and answer

You will be given a password via the email account you have entered

Once you have your password, follow the same link as above and click on Guest login

Login with your email address and password; this will take you into the Talks page

Tick "Shanghai: Impossible City" and click on Book at bottom of page

This will eventually lead you to a page with payment details. If you are a Meridian Society/SACU member, please tick this and indicate the number of tickets you need.

You can pay with a credit card or debit card.

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Synopsis of talk

Shanghai is a city of opposites - East and West , new and old , traditional and avant-garde. Can this international metropolis, with a burgeoning population of 20 million and a surging economy, conceivably balance the demands of development and growth with a respect for the city's historic identity and a sustainable approach to its heritage buildings and sites? This challenge has created controversy and conflict and continues to throw up new challenges for the city's architects, urban planners and policy-makers.

Professor Ruan Yisan is an eminent urban planner who for 30 years has been intimately involved in these issues. He is Director of the National Research Centre of Historic Cities at Tongji University in Shanghai and Chair of the Ruan Yisan Heritage Foundation.

Note this event will have simultaneous translation.

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