On Jan. 6, Barry Wilson was presented with the 2012 China Outstanding Contribution Award in Beijing at the China Urbanization International Summit from the China International Urbanization Development Strategy Research Committee, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the course of China's urbanization.
Since 1995, he has developed a deep personal understanding of China’s urbanization, outlining and presenting five major problems including:
Failure to provide quality, affordable housing with diverse communities including mixed income, age and education structure.
Failure to provide integrated public transport systems and policies.
Failure to appreciate and protect the value of local culture, historical and environmental resources.
Failure to provide sufficient connected and diverse green city space.
Failure to create vibrant city streets suitable for a variety of social functions.
As a response Barry has advocated a system of planning and design strategies to address these issues.
The sponsor of this summit commented that:
“Barry Wilson has persistently presented his visionary ideas regarding China’s urbanization process and his opinions are very pertinent to the present condition of cities in China.”