Harry den Hartog


Research Fields

  • Contemporary Chinese architecture, Rural development, Urban development.

Research Profile

  • Harry den Hartog is since 2012 a faculty member at Tongji University in Shanghai where he lectures urban design and housing and coaches design studios.

  • Harry den Hartog is a Dutch urban designer and critic, and founder of studio Urban Language ( After working a decade as a designer for several urban planning and architecture firms in the Netherlands he founded his own studio in 2004 in Rotterdam (in the Netherlands) specialized in urban and rural research and design. Since 2008 he is based in Shanghai. He is frequently asked as participant and organizer of debates and exhibits by various organizations in Europe and Asia. Harry den Hartog has authored multiple articles for magazines including: ArchiNed, Architectural Review, De Architect, Frame, Gebiedsontwikkeling, Geografie, Mark Magazine, Urban China, Time + Architecture, Volume, and others. Since 2017 he became a member of the Editorial Board of the Built Heritage journal.

Current Courses

  • Studio Regeneration of a New Town

  • Studio Residential Planning

  • Studio Rural Planning

  • Studio Urban Complex

  • Studio Urban Design

  • Studio Urban Waterfront Regeneration

  • Discussions on contemporary urban planning and design in China

Grants and Awards

  • 2012: Shanghai Culture Fund

  • 2010: Best Dutch Books Design for Shanghai New Towns (DEN HARTOG, 2010)


  • DEN HARTOG, Harry (2010). Shanghai New Towns - Searching for community and identity in a sprawling metropolis. 010 Publishers

  • DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10539.67366

Book chapters

  • DEN HARTOG, Harry (2020). How can the massive reuse of Shanghai’s former industrial waterfronts become more than a city branding strategy and reconnect the city with the water? In: (ed.) Tino Mager, Water heritage: Global perspectives for sustainable development.

  • DEN HARTOG, Harry (2014). New Towns in China and India, Urban Promises or Urban Headaches? In: (ed.) Pascaline Gaborit, European and Asian Sustainable Towns. New Towns and Satellite Cities in their Metropolises. Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften. DOI: 10.3726/978-3-0352-6434-0 Part of ISBN: 9782875741875, 287574187X

  • DEN HARTOG, Harry (2009). Green Fields, Orange Clouds. In: (eds.)Lex ter Braak; Frank van der Salm; Erik de Jong; Hanneke Schreiber, Reading the American Landscape - An Index of Books and Images. Nai Publishers.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. DEN HARTOG, Harry (2021). Shanghai’s Regenerated Industrial Waterfronts: Urban Lab for Sustainability Transitions? Urban Planning. DOI: 10.17645/up.v6i3.4194

  2. DEN HARTOG, Harry (2019). Re-defining the appreciation and usability of urban watersides in the urban center and peri-urban fringes of Shanghai. European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes. DOI: 10.6092/ISSN.2612-0496/8918

  3. DEN HARTOG, Harry (2018). Low-carbon promises and realities: Lessons from three socio-technical experiments in Shanghai. Journal of Cleaner Production. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.02.003

  4. DEN HARTOG, Harry (2017). Searching for a New Identity in a Rapidly Transforming Urban Landscape. Built Heritage. DOI: 10.1186/bf03545662

  5. DEN HARTOG, Harry (2017). Rural to urban transitions at Shanghai's fringes: Explaining spatial transformation in the backyard of a Chinese mega-city with the help of the Layers-Approach. International Review for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development. DOI: 10.14246/irspsd.5.4_54

  6. DEN HARTOG, Harry (2016). China, Urban Lab: nut en noodzaak van Experimenteren. Rooilijn.

  7. DEN HARTOG, Harry (2015). Open City or Fragmented City? The Neighbourhood Unit as Cause and Remedy. TERRITORIO. DOI: 10.3280/TR2015-074012

  8. DEN HARTOG, Harry (2014). Urban tensions in the Yangtze River Delta. New Urban Configurations.(conference-paper) DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-365-0-1002

  9. DEN HARTOG, Harry (2010). Creación de comunidad e identidad en los pueblos nuevos de Shanghai. Materia Arquitectura.