中德城镇化与地方性研究实验室(Sino-German Joint Laboratory on Urbanization and Locality Research, UAL)，由中国北京大学建筑与景观设计学院、德国莱布尼兹汉诺威大学建筑与景观学院共同设立。实验室的研究基于学科交叉展开，成员来自城市规划、景观学、建筑学、生态学、旅游等多个专业。
Sino-German Joint Laboratory on Urbanization and Locality Research (UAL) is established jointly by the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Peking University, China and the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences, Leibniz University Hanover, Germany. UAL has an interdisciplinary perspective and includes experts from Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Ecology and Tourism.
Urbanization, an irreversible trend for economic and social development of mankind, can be seen as an important index of prosperity and social progress in the country and region. Besides, urbanization is a socio-economic and geographic phenomenon that receives the most intense and increasing concerns. After the past 30 years of rapid development, the urbanization rate in China has exceeded 50%. However, it also leads to fragmentation in urban morphology and landscape. Urban cultural and regional characteristics have gradually disappeared.
The Sino-German Joint Laboratory on Urbanization and Locality Research (UAL) addresses this problem of increasing uniformity and aims to maintain and develop locality, which means the specific character of a place with its inherent natural and cultural elements. Locality implies a careful study of an area´s heritage, it is about preservation and development, and it is a dynamic concept. In the first research phase of the UAL from 2016-2018, the transforming urban landscapes along the Grand Canal in China and German canals are studied and will serve as relevant examples to develop planning and design principles in order to achieve an urbanization which preserves and develops the local character. With these research aims, the UAL is in line with future-orientated urbanization strategies in China, Germany and all over the world, where locality and identity are seen as important factors to achieve sustainable urban development.