China’s ‘Tianjin’ Eco-city
China is a pretty big place, and the stories that come out of it are often city-size as well. There's the bad – the newly-built city of Ordos was reported to be completely empty (although correspondence differs), and Linzhou is alleged to have shut off the electricity during winter to meet its energy-saving targets. Then, there's the more promising news at city-scale, like Tianjin and Wanzhuang, which are each building eco-cities. The Tianjin Eco-City project is colossal in scale and heavily influenced by Singapore's experience in urban planning.
Eventually housing 350 0000 residents, Tianjin should have the common features of an eco-city. But as well as emphasising the sustainable and the liveable, plans are to visibly divide it into locales that are as much about landscape as edifice. Parts of the city will be built under rising mounds and shapes similar to geodesic domes. Others will have terraces, stepped for both functional and aesthetic reasons. The surface of the city will resemble parks in some parts; another landscape will blend in with a historic lake-village already present. While Tianjin might be an ecological model during construction, once finished it should stand as an excellent example of green thinking you can live in.
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By Zacha Rosen