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Etienne Tricaud, Chairman and founder of AREP, was among the experts and researchers that took part in the conference "Wuhan: culture and urban perspectives", which took place on 13 February 2018 in Paris, at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine.

Wuhan, both industrial city and river port on the Yangtze River, is one of the driving forces that underpin the development of China's inner provinces. Located halfway between Tibet and Shanghai, Wuhan is still little known despite the fact that, in the second half of the 19th century, it had five foreign-concession areas. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Wuhan has gained global stature and has become part of a rail network that runs through Europe to Lyon, France. Although surrounded by all forms of water (rivers, lakes, canals, mist, and fog), the city was long considered unattractive, but this image has gradually changed. Wuhan's long history has been brought to the fore and innovation has been encouraged, while its universities are regularly cited among the most dynamic higher education institutions.

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- Georgina André, PhD candidate, Urban planner and geographer, Research associate with Arte Charpentier Architectes
- Dorothée Rihal, PhD in History, Research Fellow, Institute of East Asian Studies
- Étienne Tricaud, Architect and co-founder of AREP
- Pierre Vincent and Stéphanie Boufflet, Architects, Lecturers at Paris-Val-de-Seine School of Architecture
- Minja Yang, President and Professor, Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC), Leuven, Belgium
- Conference moderator: Françoise Ged, Head of the French Monitoring Centre for Modern Chinese Architecture, Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine