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The Dongtan Plan: Comissioned by SIIC, and designed by ARUP. – Planned for a massive shift of people from rural areas to urban areas. – Transportation. Dongtan is a plan for a new eco-city on the island of Chongming in Shanghai, China. Arup, the British engineering consultancy firm, was contracted in by the developer, The Shanghai Industrial Investment Company (SIIC), to design . That they really saw Arup’s expensively produced Dongtan masterplan as a blueprint for a more sustainable future. They didn’t. Not when it.

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We wanted to change the rules in Dongtan, to do everything different. Not when it came to donytan. Environmental reforms are stuttering under the pressure of a trade war but the government can get back on track, writes Ma Tianjie.

Why eco-cities fail

With the new bridge providing easy access to Shanghai’s Pudong business district, the island’s western end, where Dongtan was planned, will soon be taken over by high-rise, high-footprint apartments. British eco-engineers and green-minded architects and town planners were designing the renewably powered, car-free, water-recycling city of Dongtan as a model for the world.

Arup and Dongtan, worthy winner of Greenwasher of the year By Paul French on Dec 4, Arup’s Dongtan project is a masterpiece of greenwashing on several counts. Archived from the original on 25 July Beijing will be crucial to steering an ambitious Paris-style agreement to restore global biodiversity.


Waste is considered to be a resource and most of the city’s waste will be recycled. A key element of this is the Dongtan Institute for Sustainability which will initially be based in Tongji University. Arup recently received the ” Greenwasher of the Year Award” from Ethical Corporation Magazine for the most dubious green claim of the year, describing Dongtan as a Potemkin village.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Order by newest oldest recommendations. But when it comes to it, China cannot deliver that. Dongtan will be a city of three villages that meet to form a city centre.

Dongtan was planned to open, with accommodation for 10, in time for the Shanghai World Expo in That is how they have developed so fast, by being totally prescriptive. Abandoned gear is a huge threat to the environment but there are lots of ways to fix the problem. During this time, Chongming county officials were able to outpace the SIIC and proceeded to confiscate farmland, relocate peasants and invest in infrastructure.

Well, it is now exactly a year until the start of the Expo. Retrieved 29 December The problems are more fundamental. Most projects associated with the disgraced Chen have languished indefinitely, Sze points out, while permits for dozens of other major developments around China won approval.

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Archived from the original on 25 April Loading comments… Trouble loading? Greenwash, in other words.

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Dongtan is a chance to develop new ways of living. British academics carried out energy audits aimed at giving Dongtan’s future citizens an ecological footprint a quarter that of other Shanghai citizens.

The Controlling authorities are now backtracking on these commitments and allowing private vehicles onto the site. Shanghai, one of the fastest growing megacities on the planet, was setting aside a giant island in the Yangtze river to create an eco-city for half a million people.

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Energy demand will be substantially lower than comparable conventional cities due to the high performance of buildings and a zero emission transport zone within the city. Later phases of development will see the city grow to hold a population of around 80, by and up toby Comments are translated into either Chinese or English after being moderated.

Houses are now selling here to Shanghai middle classes for use when spending weekends away from the city. Sze calls for more effective strategies and rongtan, but she leaves these details up to the technicians.

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