China’s Grand Plans for Eco-Cities Now Lie Abandoned

Yale Environment 360 has a report about China’s failed experiment in eco-cities: Dongtan and other highly touted eco-cities across China were meant to be models of sustainable design for the future. Instead they’ve become...

City of Dreams

The Economist gives an update on the supposed eco-city Dongtan, being built on an island outside Shanghai. After the downfall of corrupt former Shanghai party chief Chen Liangyu, one of the main backers of the project,...

Good News and Bad News for China’s Eco-cities draws lessons about China’s development models as it compares the success and failure stories of China’s eco-city projects. I had a brief conversation with a friend majoring in media about “good...

China More Eco-Conscious, More Green Opportunities

The Straits Times reports that Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said today at the International Energy Week conference China’s “green movement” is showing signs of stirring, but this is only the...

China’s Pioneering Eco-city Of Dongtan Stalls

From Telegraph: This was supposed to be the site of Dongtan, the world’s first eco-city, a paradise of sustainable living that would house half-a-million people and set an example to the world. So impressive were the...

Green Dreams: A (Not So) Model Village

CDT’s own Timothy Lesle has produced a lengthy and interesting audio slideshow for Frontline/World about Huangbaiyu, the eco-city being built as a cooperative project with U.S. architect William McDonough. Lesle looks at...

Dongtan – Where’s the News? – Responsible China

Responsible China critiques recent press coverage of the eco-city, Dongtan, being built off Shanghai: Back then, way before was even a twinkle in my eye, Dongtan sounded too good to be true. An entire eco-city three-quarters the size of Manhattan built from scratch? Who’s building this? Who’s paying for it? What Chinese companies are […]

Photo Series: China’s Green Evolution – China Environmental News Digest

China Environmental News Digest has published a slideshow of eco-city Dongtan to accompany an article by Mackenzie Funk which first ran in Popular Science: [Image: The proposed Dongtan site as seen from the Yangtze River. Green spaces are a integral part of the plan: all residents will be within walking distance public green areas.]

China’s Green Evolution – McKenzie Funk

A lengthy article in Popular Science Magazine looks at Dongtan and the other planned eco-cities in China, and argues that even without foreign architects’ help, China already has the ability to turn around its own environmental destruction: The plans for Huangbaiyu”one of the half-dozen eco-cities, megalopolises and capitals of pollution I visited this spring to […]

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: Conventional 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, […]

How to Build a Green City – Steven Cherry

In a special issue focusing in “The Megacity,” IEEE Spectrum includes two articles about Dongtan, the eco-city being built outside Shanghai: China has embarked on a bold, expensive experiment to see whether pollution and waste”of all forms, not just the kind that taints the air”can be drastically reduced or even eliminated. In March it broke […]

Trouble in the Green Zone – Sarah Schafer

Newsweek gives the low-down on an ambitious project to build an environmentally-correct village gone wrong: According to plan, by now the Huangbaiyu project should have been well on its way to becoming a world model for environmentally friendly living, not to mention the kind of international cooperation between the developed and developing world that many […]

Pop-Up Cities: China Builds a Bright Green Metropolis – Douglas McGray

Wired Magazine has a profile of architect Alejandro Gutierrez and his plan to build the Chinese eco-city Dongtan: Three years ago, Alejandro Gutierrez got a strange and tantalizing message from Hong Kong. Some McKinsey consultants were putting together a business plan for a big client that wanted to build a small city on the outskirts […]

Dongtan: Eco-Potemkin – Almerindo Portfolio

From China Economic Review, The Editors’ Blog: If you aren’t subscribed the the weekly emails of Access Asia, you should be. This week they are trashing the new version of the Rough Guide – the other Lonely Planet – on China, which praises the new “eco-village” being built on Chongming Island outside of Shanghai as […]

China Envisions Environmentally Friendly ‘Eco-city’ – Calum Mccleod

USA Today takes a look at Dongtan, the new zero-emissions development planned for Chongming Island at the mouth of the Yangtze River: The British design firm hired by SIIC to design Dongtan says the city will be practical and commercially sensible ” high-tech, economically vibrant, a model for urban planners everywhere ” not a green […]

China to pioneer ‘first sustainable city’ – Geoff Dyer

From Financial Times: Chongming, an island at the mouth of the Yangtze river, has felt the impact of environmental degradation more than many places, as its population has doubled in 50 years and deforestation has silted up the river. Now Chongming is to become a model for environmental good practice. The Shanghai government has just […]

World’s first sustainable city? –

From British engineering and design consultancy Arup has signed a contract with Shanghai Industrial Investment Corporation (SIIC) to plan the world’s first sustainable “eco-city” – at Dongtan, outside of Shanghai. The new city, which will be three-quarters the size of Manhattan, will be built on the eastern end of Chongming, a large island that […]



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