Research & Consult
Research on residential high-rise2016
Research with Tongji University on carbon emissions and sustainable development of residential high-rise complexes in the Yangtze Delta.
Living on Water2015
Urban Language performed preliminary research on possibilities for floating neighborhoods in China, commissioned by DeltaSync
Salon and excursion on urban villagesNovember 2014
Organizing a salon and visits to Shanghai-based non-profit groups for the World Banks main economic expert and specialist on climate change, with as central theme the role of urban villages, the position of migrants and gentrification.
Resilient Port DevelopmentNovember 2014
Capacity building by workshop in Singapore on resilient port development in the context of urbanizing deltas, organised by the Future Cities Laboratory at ETH and Delft University of Technology.
New Town development in Zhejiang2014
Consulting for World Bank on a New Town development in Zhejiang Province
Urban Sustainability in China2013
Research on urban sustainability and liveability in Chinese new towns commissioned by the European Commission.
Urban Design Workshop in IndiaNovember-December 2012
Urban Language was invited to participate in a 10-day cross-disciplinairy urban design workshop on the development of a new town in central India.
Research for Moscow Urban Forum 2012Autumn 2012
Urban Language was asked as Chinese representative by the organizing committee of the Moscow International Urban Forum «Emerging World Cities» to do preliminary research on the quality of life as experienced by residents of Beijing and Shanghai.
Dutch New Worlds
Scenarios in Physical Planning and Design in the Netherlands, 1970-2000Shanghai - Zurich - Rotterdam, June 2012
"Our decisions shape our future, but we know little about how. To find out, planners and designers construct vivid images of what could be."
Urban Language translated Christian Salewski's fascinating book on the use of scenarios in physical planning and design in the Netherlands into Dutch.
Edge of Public
Exhibition + book + forum in Hong Kong's Kowloon Park, curated by Liu Yuyang, Li Xiangning, and Harry den HartogHong Kong, 16 February - 23 April, 2012
In the countless new town developments in China, we witnessed an increasingly privatized domain both spatially and socially. What is the real shape of the public domain and how can architects respond to this phenomenon?
Critical advice on developing a new town (2)Liaoning, 2011
Urban Language was asked to give an independent critical reflection on existing plans for a new town near Shenyang supplemented by suggestions for further development.
Redevelopment plan for an islandVladivostok / Shanghai, 2011
Urban Language consulted with the international communications and strategy to be followed, and made a master plan, in a design competition regarding the redevelopment of a Russian island near Vladivostok.
Critical advice on developing a new town (1)Beijing, 2011
Urban Language was asked to give an independent critical reflection on existing plans for a new town near Beijing supplemented by suggestions for further development.
Advice on various international projectsShanghai, 2011
In the autumn of 2011, Urban Language worked on several studies and consultations commissioned by professionals related with Tongji University.
Urban China magazineShanghai, 2011 - 2012
Urban Language consults regularly with the urban research center of Urban China magazine. Harry den Hartog was member of the editorial board of #51 and #52.
Area development in rural HenanZhengzhou, 2011
Urban Language has been consulted by a local developer for independent critical advice in an area development in rural Henan.
Shanghai New Towns
Searching for community and identity in a sprawling metropolisShanghai, 2010
Research on the rapid urbanization and decentralization in the direct controlled municipality Shanghai, resulting in the book Shanghai New Towns - Searching for community and identity in a sprawling metropolis, published by 010 Publishers.
From Almere to QingpuShanghai, 13-19 May 2010
Urban Language coordinated an excursion for the International New Town Institute (INTI) with as central theme the new towns and new cities around Shanghai.
Urban FluxBeijing, Summer 2009
The Chinese magazine Urban Flux invited Harry den Hartog as a guest-editor to make this special issue on Dutch Architects and China. The magazine also discusses the state of architecture in the Netherlands.
BNSP workshop discussionAmsterdam, 22 October 2009
Urban Language organized a workshop discussion on the urbanization of the Dutch countryside during a BNSP Congress.
Shanghai DialoguesShanghai, 17 October 2009
Urban Language mediated the Chinese contacts during a Sino-Dutch conference, as part of the Shanghai International Creative Industry Week.
Shanghai GlobalismShanghai, 2009
Organisation of a study tour to the 'One City - Nine Towns' development around Shanghai commissioned by New York University.
Urban GalleriesNanjing - Rotterdam, 2009
Organization of a study trip through Germany and the Netherlands for a group of young Chinese designers and critics with a special interest in museums
Are cities more important than countries?Rotterdam, 2008-2009
Publication commissioned by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) on the occasion of its 50th anniversary
Urban MeetingsRotterdam, October 2008
Urban Language made a series of reports and an essay, commissioned by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), meant to explore the outlines of an 'Urban Agenda' for the 21st century.
A Wider ViewApeldoorn, summer and spring 2008
Urban Language was embedded as reporter during the conference A Wider View on Cultural Landscape Challenges in Europe, which makes part of the Apeldoorn International Triennial. The report formed a basis for the 'Radio Kootwijk Frequency', a call to strengthen the quality of all landscapes in Europe.
Design study on urban renewal and restructuring of a monumental neighbourhood
PowerNotes IABRRotterdam, 2007
Urban Language wrote and edited PowerNotes, the weblog of the 3rd International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. The log gives background information, interviews, impressions, photography, video's, quotes from visitors and special guests, and critical reviews.
The power of small scaleRotterdam - Almere, 2007
Design study for urban renewal in the Dutch newtown Almere.
Executive-editor of Huig#8 and Huig#9Rotterdam, 2007
Harry den Hartog was executive-editor of Huig#8 and Huig#9, the biannual magazine of the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design.
NL2040 - Hints for laterThe Hague - Rotterdam, 2007
Harry den Hartog wrote a number of columns, reports and an extensive essay as input for a series of meetings and debates with the aim to give an 'alternative' vision on future spatial tasks for The Netherlands.
Living farmyardsOverijssel, 2006
The Dutch Province of Overijssel counts thousands of farmyards. Yearly several hundreds of them loose their agricultural function. The province asked us to do a research on the possibilities for transformation of abandoned and old farmyards.
Living outside the cityRotterdam, 2006
The book Exurbia - living outside the city, made by Harry den Hartog, criticizes the fast changing Dutch countryside. The new spatial policy in the Netherlands seems to be a threat for the countryside and the edges between urban and rural. This book gives some critical comment on the new policy, supplemented with appropriate suggestions.
Study on the rise of private controlled outdoor spaces in the NetherlandsRotterdam, 2005-2006
Following his graduation project at the Academy of Architecture and Urban Design in Rotterdam Harry den Hartog researched the rise of private controlled territories in The Netherlands.
Attempts to Control UrbanizationPublished in: Volume #39
Article on China’s Hukou System: Attempts to Control Urbanization by Strictly Separating Urban and Rural
Urban Tensions in the Yangtze River DeltaPublished in: IOSPress
Essay contribution in the book 'New Urban Configurations'.
Eastern PromisesPublished in: Hantje Catz Verlag
Vienna, June 2013
We were invited by MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art) to contribute a series of critical articles on pioneering architectural projects for an exhibit and accompanying catalog 'Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Practices in East Asia'.
Shopping for HistoryPublished in: Mark #43
Zhujiajiao, April/May 2013
Article on an urban renewal project in an ancient Chinese water town west of Shanghai.
Made in ChinaPublished in: MARK #45
Dalian, Aug/Sept 2013
Article written at the request of MARK about the Dalian Conference Center, designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au: a prime example of thoroughness and precision work.
重细节与长远规划Published in: Society and Public Welfare
Urban Language contributed an article at the request of a renowned Chinese magazine
Publication on Moscow's new town developmentShanghai, Autumn 2012
Urban Language was invited as critical independent expert to contribute a chapter to a book on conurbations, commissioned by the Moscow Urban Planning Institute. This book serves as a moment of reflection in the development of a new city near Moscow.
Quality towers over quantity in building citiesPublished in: China Daily
Shanghai, 22 June 2012
Opinion piece for the newspaper China Daily, by Harry den Hartog. The inducement for writing this article was the Joint Declaration on the EU-China Partnership on Urbanization, signed by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and China's Vice-Premier Li Keqiang on 3 May 2012.
From central control towards laissez fairePublished in: S+RO
Shanghai, June 2012
Article about the similarities and differences between the Netherlands and China in the field of urban and regional planning.
Everyday Theme Parks 日常主题公园Published in: Urban China magazine #52
Shanghai, May 2012
Essay about the role of malls in contemporary China, with references to worldwide experiences, the decay of existing cities, an urban renaissance, and of course Michael Sorkin's 'Variations on a theme park: the new American city and the end of public space'.
From Qingpu to JiadingPublished in: T+A magazine
Shanghai, January 2012
Paper on the urbanization of the countryside around Shanghai and the role of architects in creating new cities.
Nanjing PerspectivesPublished in: MARK magazine #32
Nanjing, June/July 2011
Conversation with Steven Holl on the design and building process of the Art & Architecture Museum in Nanjing.
Horticultural Exposition Xi'anPublished in: de Architect
Xi'an, May 2011
Report on the International Horticultural Exposition 2011 Xi'an.
Haphazard growth in a land of plentyPublished in: DAMn°28
Shanghai, April 2011
Essay on extremely fast and uncoordinated urban developments in Shanghai.
Creación de comunidad e identidad en los pueblos nuevos de ShanghaiPublished in: Materia Arquitectura #2
Shanghai, November 2010
Essay on the creation of new communities and new identities in Shanghai for a Chilean magazine.
World Expo ShanghaiPublished in: de Architect
Shanghai, May 2010
Report on the World Expo in Shanghai for the Dutch magazine 'the Architect'.
Bubbles in Shanghai: decentralization, speculation and the housing shortagePublished in: SR+O
Shanghai, April 2010
Essay on the effects of spatial and administrative decentralization, increasing speculation and huge housing shortage.
Letter from SichuanPublished in: MARK magazine #23
Chengdu, December 2009 - January 2010
Report about reconstruction activities in the earthquake devastated area.
Green Fields, Orange CloudsChicago, September 2009
Essay on urban - rural relations in American cities, notably Chicago
Museum as billboardPublished in: MARK magazine #21
Guangzhou, August-September 2009
Visiting 'Times Museum' in Guangzhou.
Greener City, Better LifePublished in: Urban China #37
Shanghai, August 2009
Essay for the magazine Urban China on the meaning of parks as public spaces, in east and west
Urbanus reinvents the wheelPublished in: MARK magazine #20
Guangzhou, June-July 2009
Hakka Tulou in the 21st century. An experiment with social housing by Urbanus.
City in a city: Linked HybridPublished in: de Architect
Beijing, May 2009
That it is possible to combine climatic, economic and social sustainability in an overall concept has been demonstrated by Steven Holl Architects with Linked Hybrid.
Dutch architects building global architecture in China?Published in: Urban Flux #7
Shanghai, May 2009
Essay on the works and experiences of Dutch architects in China.
Urban Language was also invited as a guest-editor for a special edition about 'Dutch architecure'. (circa 60 pages). The magazine also discusses recent projects and developments in the Netherlands.
Architecture as afterimage
Conversation with Ben van BerkelPublished in: id+c
Nanjing, May 2009
Urban Language interviewed Ben van Berkel on his design philosophy.
Sidewalk versus Mall
Public spaces under threatPublished in: Urban Flux #6
Shanghai, April 2009
Essay on the similarities and differences between the Netherlands and China, regarding the use and meaning of public spaces.
Building your own housePublished in: id+c
Nanjing, April 2009
Column on private commissioned housing in the Netherlands for the Chinese-language magazine id+c
Architecture in the NetherlandsPublished in: id+c
Nanjing, January 2009
Essay on recent developments in the field of architecture in the Netherlands. This essay is also an introduction for an extended special on Dutch Design.
Greenery & Community
Community gardens in New YorkPublished in: Club Donny #1
Rotterdam, Spring/Summer 2008
Essay for Club Donny, a new biennial magazine on the personal experience of nature in the urban environment.
The meaning of the Olympic Games for BeijingPublished in: de Architect
Beijing, August 2008
Host country China intends to use the Olympic Games that will take place this year in Beijing to show off what it has achieved. What is the impact of the Olympic Games on this city?
The Limits to Growth?
How Beijing is preparing for the futurePublished in: de Architect
Beijing, August 2008
Beijing, like Shanghai, wants to present itself as a model city for the future. How will Beijing continue to develop itself after the Games?
Olympic Games, a motor for urban renewal
Conversation with Kees ChristiaansePublished in: NAi Publishers
Rotterdam, May 2008
Urban Language interviewed Kees Christiaanse on the about the usefulness of Olympic Games in the Netherlands. This conversation, along with several other interviews, is included in a collection, published by NAI Publishers and edited by Winy Maas.
Tamed 'wild living'
Municipal management versus freedom of buildingPublished in: de Architect
Almere, June 2007
Over the coming years the municipality of Almere will make 30,000 sites available to private individuals so that they can build homes as they want to. A new balance has to be found between municipal management and this new freedom.
City and Countryside
Physical planning and design in contemporary ChinaPublished in: de Architect
Shanghai/Beijing, May 2006
The relation between the rural and urban economy have been changing ever since China became a World Trade Organization member in 2001. To overcome the dichotomy between city and countryside, farmers must find a way to join the world economy.
Correspondent for ArchiNedRotterdam, since 2004
Harry den Hartog regularly contributes articles to ArchiNed and made temporarily part of the editorial team.
TEDx talk in Caohejing High-Tec Park, Shanghai28 October 2015
OCT LOFT Talk
invited as panel-member by UrbanusShenzhen, 7 December 2013
Urban Interiors in contemporary China
Invited speaker at World Interiors EventAmsterdam,7 September 2013
Lecturing in Italy
Invited by two universities in Italy for guest-lecturesMilano/Pavia, May 2013
Creating liveable cities in China
Debate at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanne, 23 October 2012
Awarded by Shanghai Culture Fund for reprint Shanghai New TownsShanghai, August 2012
Study session on high-rise in AsiaShanghai, 19 September 2012
Day trip for Stylos to Songjiang and JiadingShanghai, 18 July 2012
History and Design Studio Shanghai
Workshop and lecture at Politecnico di TorinoTurin, 2012
Debate in Rockbund Art Museum: Disappearing Rural Shanghai
Discussion on 'Disappearing Rural Shanghai'Shanghai, 29 June 2012
Interviewed by South China Morning Post: 'A space in the crowd'Hong Kong, 23 March 2012
Shanghai New Towns to see on the Shenzhen architecture biennialShenzhen, 8 December 2011 - 10 February 2012
Lecture at the Sun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhou, December 2012
Needed: Architecture with Chinese characteristics
Interviewed by Shanghai DailyShanghai, 25&26 October 2011
Presentation by Urban Language in WuhanWuhan, 27 October 2011
Sanghay ile Istanbul
Turkish-language review of Shanghai New TownsSeptember 11, 2011
Lecture and jury member during the Rural Kitchen workshopChongming Island, Fall 2009
Beijing International Book Fair 2011Beijing, 30 August - 5 September 2011
Shanghai New Towns rewarded by 'Best Dutch Book Designs 2010'
Exhibited from 11 June to 17 July 2011 in the Stedelijk Museum in AmsterdamAmsterdam, 11 June to 17 July 2011
Book review by Time + Architecture magazine
Chinese-language review of our book 'Shanghai New Towns'Shanghai, May/June 2011
Interviewed by Urban China magazineShanghai, June 2011
...on sprawling cities and the edge between urban and rural.
Ontwerpen aan ChinaRotterdam, May 2011
Interviewed by Arjen Oosterman
Public lecture and debate in the Shanghai Study Center of the Hong Kong UniversityShanghai, 7 March 2011
Presentation of the main findings of our recently published book "Shanghai New Towns - Searching for community and identity in a sprawling metropolis".
Exported to ChinaShanghai, February 2011
'Shanghai New Towns. Searching for community and identity in a sprawling metropolis' is also available now in Chinese bookstores.
Book Launch and debate in Trouw Amsterdam / De VerdiepingAmsterdam, 30 November 2010
Presentation of our book Shanghai New Towns - Searching for community and identity in a sprawling metropolis followed by a debate.
Presentation in Tai WuRotterdam, 20 September 2010
Presentation in Tai Wu for an association of architects on recent architectural developments in China.
Local wisdom and globalizationShanghai, 20 July 2010
Urban Language was member of the jury during the CUMULUS Shanghai Conference 2010 at the College of Design & Innovation.
First copy Shanghai New TownsShanghai, 14 May 2010
Today a first (preliminary) copy of our book 'Shanghai New Towns - Searching for community and identity in a sprawling metropolis' was handed over to Sun Jiwei, the District Governor of Shanghai's Jiading district, during a conference organized in cooperation with INTI, in the VIP lounge of the Dutch Pavilion 'Happy Street' during the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Presentation on urban developments in ShanghaiDelft, 28 November 2009
Presentation on the turbulent urban developments in Shanghai during the international conference 'The New Urban Question - Urbanism beyond Neo-Liberalism' that took place from November 26th to 28th, 2009 at Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).
Interviewed by the Chinese-language newsmagazine Modern WeeklyShanghai, 3 October 2009
This well-read newsmagazine, which has a wide circulation, interviewed Harry den Hartog on the changing urban-rural relations in China.
Interviewed by Urban China magazineShanghai, March 2009
We were interviewed by Chinese-language Urban China magazine on 'the ideal city'.
Looking for greenThe Hague (Nl.), 29 September 2008
Lecture on community gardens during the debate 'Greenspotting Haaglanden' in Stroom The Hague
Book launch Exurbia - Living outside the cityAmsterdam, 5 January 2007
Today a first copy of our book was handed over to Government Advisor on Landscape Dirk Sijmons in Architectura & Natura.