The 2013 UniSIM Contemporary China Public Lecture was held at Singapore Press Holding's News Centre Auditorium on 26 October 2013, under the theme "Modern City & Cultural Heritage: Conservation and Controversy". Prominent architect-scholars were invited to speak at the forum. They were Professor Emeritus Hsia Chu Joe of Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University; Professor Zheng Shiling, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Director of Centre for Architecture and Urban Planning Studies, Tongji University, Shanghai. The dialogue session was chaired by Professor Heng Chye Kiang, Dean of School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.
Professor Hsia shared the conservation project of the old Taipei prison, a movement that raises colonial modernity conservation issues related to controversy, designation, restoration and reuse. Professor Zheng traced the different phases of cultural heritage conservation in Shanghai since its founding as a port city, as well as the unique system it has developed over the years in preserving architectural heritage. Professor Heng, in his concluding remarks, shared the efforts that Singapore put in preserving significant historic buildings.
Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Newspaper Division, Mr Lim Jim Koon presented souvenirs to the 3 speakers at the end of the public lecture. This event was jointly organised by UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies, Lianhe Zaobao, Business China, and sponsored by Lee Foundation. It attracted a turnout of about 300 people.