Monday, October 7, 2013

Planning the Car Free “Great City” of China

A City Where Everything Is a 15 Minute Walk Away(Architizer, The Atlantic Cities, Oct. 26, 2012)

Today we review the plans for a 320 acre city to be completed in 2021 with a population of 80,000 and designed to be as sustainable as possible and car-less. Among the innovation features is a system that would use about 50% less energy, 90% less waste and almost 60% less water than a city of the same size.

 carfree china city  

Key Quotes:

“The masterplan, which has been planned for 80,000 people, will be built around a massive transit hub at its center, with all destinations to be within a few minutes walk, a planning innovation that would make “Great City” China’s (and the world’s?) first pedestrian-only city.”

“After delineating local farm land for its preservation, the designers meticulously drafted plans that partitioned the site into several zones, reserving 15 percent of the land for parks and green spaces, dedicating 60 percent to construction, and saving the remaining 25 percent for roads and walkways.”

“The development is expected to use 48 percent less energy and 58 percent less water than a comparable town its size. It should also produce 89 percent less landfill waste and 60 percent less carbon dioxide.”

 “The distance between any location in the hyper-dense city to another will be only a 15 minute walk (or less). This eliminates the need for cars, as the town is also built around a mass transit hub that connects to Chengdu and surrounding areas in minutes.”
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