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China To Build Walkable, Environmentally Sensitive “Great City”

Forget about following the yellow brick road — more like yellow brick bike or walking path. China is now scheduled to begin construction on Chengdu Tianfu District Great City, a model city of “high-density urban living and sustainable development,” says Adrian Smith, director of the design process.

Chengdu Great City, artistic representation © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Great City is aiming to house 30,000 families, or about 80,000 people in a 1.3 square-kilometer area outside of Chengdu, China. This Great City is earning its moniker by shooting to achieve 48% less energy use; 56% less water usage; 60% less carbon dioxide generation; and 89% less landfill waste compared to developments of similar size and population, according to Planetizen.

In order to make these green benchmarks feasible, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture have designed the city to be entirely walkable (no mention of EV charging stations), getting from any one location to another in Great City within 15 minutes. Great City will be connected to mass transit for transport to surrounding areas.

But what about green energy sources? (Looks like Masdar City could beat out Great City for world’s most sustainable urban center.)

Great City is planned to sit on a 3 square-kilometer plot outside of Chengdu. Of that 3 square kilometers, about 320 acres will be for urban purposes and 480 acres will be “buffer landscape,” according to E-Architect. The “natural topography — including valleys and bodies of water — will be integrated into the city itself. Within the city, 15 percent of the land will be devoted to parks and landscaped space, while 60 percent will be parcelized for construction. The remaining 25 percent will be devoted to infrastructure, roads and pedestrian streets.”

In the city limits, residents will have access to commercial, residential, office and manufacturing centers, as well as a medical campus.

The project is estimated to take eight years to complete and will be developed by Beijing Vanton Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Image: Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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