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Eco-Cities in China

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  • Lloyd Wright
    Interesting set of projects in China... http://observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,1635188,00.html British to help China build eco-cities Frank
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 7, 2005
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      Interesting set of projects in China...

      http://observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,1635188,00.html
      British to help China build 'eco-cities'
      Frank Kane
      Sunday November 6, 2005
      The Observer

      British engineers will this week sign a multi-billion contract with the
      Chinese authorities to design and build a string of 'eco-cities' -
      self-sustaining urban centres the size of a large western capital - in the
      booming country.
      Arup, the London-based consulting firm that has already signed up for one such
      project near Shanghai, will announce it has clinched a deal to extend the
      concept into a string of cities around China.

      The eco-cities are regarded both as a prototype for urban living in
      over-populated and polluted environments and as a magnet for investment funds
      into the rapidly growing Chinese economy.

      A signing ceremony is expected to take place in Downing Street this week
      during the state visit of the President of the People's Republic, Hu Jintao.
      The Shanghai Industrial Investment Company - a partly state-owned corporation
      quoted on the Hong Kong stock market - will sign on behalf of the Chinese.

      Peter Head, the Arup director in charge of the first eco-city, at Dongtan near
      Shanghai, said: 'We are going to help establish a model of how a sustainable
      city works, but it must also be a viable financial proposition in the long
      term to attract international investment.'

      The Dongtan development, on an island in the mouth of the Yangtze river near
      Shanghai, aims to build a city three-quarters the size of Manhattan by 2040.
      The first phase will accommodate some 50,000 people. It is on target to be
      open by the time of the Shanghai Expo trade fair in 2010.

      Up to four more eco-cities will be built, though exact locations have not yet
      been revealed. Experts believe that the real challenge will be to build them
      in China's interior, in regions that have been polluted by heavy industry and
      depopulated by the movement of millions of Chinese people to the booming
      Pacific coast.

      Head said: 'It is part of a new awareness of the environment by the Chinese
      government. They realise that with their growing population and economy they
      have to overcome the problems of environmental pollution and resource
      depletion.'

      The eco-cities are intended to be self-sufficient in energy, water and most
      food products, with the aim of zero emissions of greenhouse gases in transport
      systems.

      Head said: 'It is no gimmick. It is being led at the highest levels of the
      Chinese government. They are very committed to developing a new paradigm of
      economic development.'

      One international property group, Dublin-based Treasury, has already signed up
      with SIIC for a €1 billion investment in the Dongtan project. Arup hopes to
      announce other investors and give detailed costings of the project by the end
      of the year.
    • Todd Edelman
      ... YES, this was discussed a bit some weeks back: describes the Dongtan project, but, again, no mention
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 8, 2005
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        --- Lloyd Wright <LFWright@...> wrote:

        > Interesting set of projects in China...

        YES, this was discussed a bit some weeks back:

        <http://www.arup.com/eastasia/project.cfm?pageid=7047>
        describes the Dongtan project, but, again, no mention
        of carfree, a mention of everyones favourite "carbon
        offsetting", which just this moment became a more
        abused environmental term than "green": If a Dongtan
        resident has a car and drives around and around in the
        mainland they will report their distance travelled
        when they get home and have to plant trees etc?

        I dont mean to be a stick in the mud, because it seems
        like most of the other stuff they are planning in
        relation to energy-use is good, but until "noise
        offsetting", "road crash offsetting" and "roadkill
        offsetting" are invented I will remain skeptical.

        Todd, Green (?) Idea Factory






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