China’s Eco-City Faces Growth Challenge – Steve Schifferes

The BBC is the latest to report on the controversies surrounded the construction of the Dongtan eco-city outside Shanghai:

  Assets  Img Image7897Conventional cars will be banned in the city centre, while the plans include capturing and purifying water, waste management recycling, reducing landfills that damage the environment, and creating combined heat and power systems.

…But some observers, such as Professor Chen of Tongji University, think that the local planners are more concerned with raising the income and standard of living of the region than ensuring ecological development. [Full text]

See previous reporting on the project, via CDT. (Photo via Arup)

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