First ecocity in China

Jun 21, 2018 Travels

First ecocity in China

Trying to reduce emissions is one of the main objectives of climate policy in the world. China is the first country to try to create an environmentally friendly city for 80,000 people from scratch. It will consume 48% of its energy and 58% less water than any other similarly sized city. In addition, the amount of waste produced will be reduced by 89% and the amount of carbon dioxide generated will be reduced by 60%.
In the middle of China, in rural areas outside Chengdu, an area of 21,000 square kilometers has been developed for a rather unusual construction project. From scratch, it was decided to build an environmentally friendly city for 80,000 inhabitants. The plan of the group of architects Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture contains many good and interesting solutions.
“Great City” is an ambitious project that uses clean energy, reduces waste and promotes the superiority of public transport over cars. The city has also earned the nickname “Car-Free City”, where car ownership will be unnecessary, but not forbidden. Half of the roads will be reserved for non-motorised traffic and modern electric vehicles that will take people where they cannot or do not necessarily want to walk.
The centre has been divided in such a way that 15% are to be used for parks and green areas, 60% for buildings and the remaining 25% for roads and pavements. The key to success is not only solar panels or parks, but also appropriate urban design. As the architects calculated, it will take a maximum of 15 minutes on foot to get between the two most distant locations. An out-of-town area has been reserved for agriculture.