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Are eco-cities really eco- and real? January 31, 2009

Posted by walnutsrice in in clarity, one step to reality, real dreams.

stumbled upon this article on Dongtan just now. It is interesting to look at the establishment of Eco-cities – brand new cities that promote social sustainability, green living and carbon-neutral living – in China and how they have rapidly become the investment baby of big coporations. What the public see are the beautiful images of what the future Eco-City promises – all no doubt generated by 3D max – and the familiar list of elements that are being put in: water cleansing wetland, greywater – black water separation, wind mills etc. What most do not see, is that used to be there prior to the new development. Sometimes the new development displace villages (social sustainability?) or reclaim natural wetlands (ecological sustainability?) – these don’t belong to the new polished Eco-city – or dumping land fill over the existing land to create a blank canvas.

Anyhow, eco-cities have begun to get flake: here’s an article from China Business News on DongTan: Eco-city off Shanghai



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