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The Green Leap Forward

For Foreign Policy, Christina Larson reports on China’s five-year-plan to lead the world in green buildings: In China, where fully half the world’s new buildings are erected each year, the reason the government is...

China Takes a New Interest in Energy Efficiency

As the country undergoes a major construction boom, and energy shortages become an increasing problem, the Chinese government is realizing that incorporating energy-efficient designs in their buildings could help. From the New...

Hong Kong: A Structural Problem, and A Lot to Lose

Two articles at China Dialogue discuss environmental issues facing Hong Kong. The first argues that the city must broaden its heavily technology-based approach to storm and flood defense, while the second urges a greening of its...

Supertower Offers Glimmer of Hope in Polluted Chinese City

The Guardian reports on an effort to implement green technology amid China’s construction boom: The country is in the middle of the greatest building boom in human history. Six of the world’s 10 tallest buildings...

Energy Retrofitting: The Story of Sohota

The Asia Society’s China Green project has produced a new documentary about an energy retrofitting firm. Watch it below: China’s economic boom has fueled a flurry of real estate construction, but the growth has also...

China Warms to Energy-Saving Challenge

A quick but compelling look inside China’s nascent green building movement, from Caijing’s English edition: This past winter was particularly cozy for residents at No. 12 West Huixin Street in Beijing. “In the past,...

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...

Beijing’s Megacomplex a City Within a City

A new apartment complex in Beijing provides one way to avoid the bad air and traffic jams: Don’t go outside. From Wired Magazine: The megacomplex is defined by a ring of eight 21-story towers, each with an upper-floor...

The Right Chemistry – Liu Jie

A positive story of foreign companies helping Chinese firms and localities achieve higher energy efficiency and greener development. China needs to see a lot of these take hold in the country. From China Daily: Due to its efforts in governmental programs and incentives for local partners, BASF was named one of the top global companies […]

Video: China, From Red to Green – Kontent Real

Vimeo hosts a highly polished documentary on China’s environmental crisis, part of Kontent Real’s PBS series “e2: The Economies of Being Enviromentally Conscious,” narrated by one Brad Pitt: China, From Red to Green from Free More News on Vimeo.

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 […]

Agro-Building in Wuhan – Amara Holstein

An Israeli design firm has won an award for proposing the use of “Agro-Housing” to counter the effects of urbanization in China, and their submission will be built in Wuhan. Agro-Housing combines living space with a greenhouse in urban apartment buildings so residents can grow their own food. From Dwell Blog: China has a population […]

Turning Grey China Green – Alex Pasternack

On China Dialogue, Alex Pasternack argues for more green buildings in China’s construction boom: Though greenhouse gases have not always been a priority for China’s leaders, the rhetoric is getting stronger. “More work on energy conservation and emissions reduction is urgently required to deal with global climate change,” premier Wen Jiabao said recently. No doubt, […]

Architect Designs China Mixed-Use Communities with Eye on Green Design – Kelly Sheehan

Sanya, a Chinese city boasting several well-known beach resorts and host to the Miss World contest, will soon have a “green” luxury community. From Multi-Housing News: In a partnership with Tiafeng, a China-based developer, Kevin Kennon Architect PC (KKA) has announced his role as design architect of a luxury, mixed-use development in Sanya, a town […]

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, […]



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