drbubb Posted August 19, 2006 Report Share Posted August 19, 2006 Take Dongtan, the eco-city planned for southern China. Before a brick has been laid, Dongtan is being hailed as the most ambitious attempt yet at a "green city". The plan is for a car-free, zero-emission, recycling city of half a million people.... Deterring the car is also vital, says Don Shanfeng, the senior architect of the project. "Cars won't be banned, but driving will not be made easy." A single road will meander through the first phase of the cithy, with traffic lights that automatically switch to give priority to the planned hydrogen-fuelled buses... Read the entire article here: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19025561.600.html = = = Dongtan: Eco-City The greatest movement of people in world history is under way. Three hundred million Chinese peasants will move to cities in the next twenty years. That means massive expansion for existing urban areas and the building of three to four hundred brand new cities. Miriam O'Reilly has been to China to see what these new cities could look like. The Chinese are well aware that cities have a massive impact on the environment so they've commissioned the British engineering company, Arup to create a model eco-city where half a million people will live and work without damaging the environment. Their electricity will come from wind and wave, their sewage will fertilise the surrounding farmland and their water will be harvested from the skies and recycled. The building of Dongtan on an island close to Shanghai is a horrendously expensive project but the Chinese are convinced that their investment will pay off. The new technology and new modes of urban living pioneered at Dongtan will, they hope, be replicated throughout China and sold on to a world desperate for environmentalas solutions. But can a city with heart and soul really be designed on a London drawing board? Can the good ideas of Dongtan be rolled out quickly enough to keep up with the break-neck pace of China 's urban development? Hear Radio show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/science/costin..._20060427.shtml Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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