China Plans New Self-Sufficient, Carless City

This new urban area will house 80,000 people, cut energy consumption to a minimum

It may very well be that China has both a pollution and an overcrowding problem, yet it now seems that the country intends to deal with them in the not so distant future.

Thus, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture have recently released their plans for the building of a new Chinese satellite city which will supposedly succeed in housing about 30,000 families (80,000 individuals, that is), while keeping both energy consumption and carbon emissions down to a minimum.

The Chengdu Tianfu District Great City is to be developed by Beijing Vantone Real Estate Co., Ltd., and once work begins, it will take about eight years before the project reaches its completion.

Apparently, this green-oriented urban area is designed in such ways that the citizens who will inhabit it will be able to get from one location to any other in roughly 15 minutes simply by walking.

It is not difficult to guess that this feature will most likely render cars obsolete, and that carbon emissions will be significantly reduced, therefore improving on air quality.

Moreover, the people behind this project claim that, thanks to new building techniques and existing technologies, conserving water and energy will be an easy thing to do.

More precisely, they claim that, when compared to other urban areas, this satellite city will use about 48% less energy, and that water consumption will be cut down by as much as 58%.

Interestingly enough, this future city will also incorporate large patches of greenery. Thus, 15% of its overall surface has been set aside for parks and similar urban “oases.”

“Great City will demonstrate that high-density living doesn’t have to be polluted and alienated from nature. Everything within the built environment of Great City is considered to enhance the quality of life of its residents. Quite simply, it offers a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Gordon Gill explained.

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