The Dongtan Plan: Comissioned by SIIC, and designed by ARUP. – Planned for a massive shift of people from rural areas to urban areas. – Transportation. Dongtan is a plan for a new eco-city on the island of Chongming in Shanghai, China. Arup, the British engineering consultancy firm, was contracted in by the developer, The Shanghai Industrial Investment Company (SIIC), to design . That they really saw Arup’s expensively produced Dongtan masterplan as a blueprint for a more sustainable future. They didn’t. Not when it.
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But of the eco-city there is nothing except half a dozen wind turbines and an organic farm. The non-existent eco-city has also given Arup excellent guanxi connections with the Chinese govenrment who, in return for maintaing that the illusory Dongtan is a ‘green’ project have awarded Arup numerous projects in China from decidely ungreen airports to skyscrapers.
Sze also provides historical context for parts of Shanghai prior to the development push, reminding us that Chongming Island, now earmarked to double in population and serve as a major shipyard and manufacturing centre, was once known more for its brothels than the birds now found in its wetland. British eco-engineers and green-minded architects and town planners were designing the renewably powered, car-free, water-recycling city of Dongtan as a model for the world.
The first are already under construction. His deputy, John Prescott, went there twice. There is a rule for everything. This time, I was a personal victim of greenwash. Dongtan is a chance to develop new ways of living.
Not when it came to it. Dongtan is a plan for a new eco-city on the island of Chongming in ShanghaiChina. This page was last edited on 4 Aprilat Is it all over?
We all wasted our time; burned carbon flying to Shanghai to relay a false prospectus to the world. Abandoned gear is a huge threat to the environment but there are lots of ways to fix the problem. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with short description Articles containing Chinese-language text All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from December Articles with permanently dead external links Coordinates on Wikidata. The width of roads, everything.
Shanghai milked the media well during the heyday of the planning. Archived from the original on 25 April The first demonstrator phase of Dongtan aims to be completed byin time for the World Expo in Shanghai, and will accommodate a population of up to 5, Apart from concerned environmental bloggers so far hardly anyone has actually sought to dig deeper on the Dongtan myth, with the honourable exceptions of the BBC World Service and Al Jazeera English.
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Place in Shanghai, China. No houses, no water taxis, no sewage-recycling plant, no energy park. During this time, Chongming county officials were able to outpace the SIIC and proceeded to confiscate farmland, relocate peasants and invest in infrastructure. If I sound afup, I am. Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?
Arup and Dongtan, worthy winner of Greenwasher of the year | Ethical Corporation
Arup recently received the ” Greenwasher of the Year Award” from Ethical Corporation Magazine for the most dubious green claim of the year, describing Dongtan as a Potemkin village. Autocratic political structures may be able impose radical change but not sustain it indefinitely. People like Head, whose commitment to the dongan was total, could have been planning other things that might have got off the drawing board.
The main designer, Thomas V. Dongtan is very significant for Shanghai and the nation. The city would ban carsrecycle water and surround itself with organic farms, forests and golf courses. Views Read Edit View history. That is how they have developed so fast, by being totally prescriptive. Arup is assisting in the coordination of these networks and in planning associated Institutes for Sustainability.
Greenwash: The dream of the first eco-city was built on a fiction
Order by newest oldest recommendations. By the city was expected to be one-third the size of Manhattanwith a total planned population ofA key element of this is the Dongtan Institute for Sustainability which will initially be based in Tongji University. Non-academic readers may puzzle over her rather abstract terminology, which Sze tries to clarify: There is a persistent rumour that the project has been a casualty of the political fallout from the conviction of the city boss Chen Liangyu, jailed last year for corruption.
Comments are translated into either Chinese or English after being moderated. Still, the mere fact that this mythical eco-city on the outskirts of Shanghai in the city’s green belt is rumoured to exist has been enough to win Arup praise from numerous quarters including Ken Livingstone and John Prescott – again without any independent investigation or critique.
We plan to protect and enhance the existing wetlands by returning agricultural land to a wetland state creating a ‘buffer-zone’ between the city and the mudflats – at its narrowest point, this ‘buffer-zone’ will be 3.
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Almost all of them are built on a fiction: With the new bridge providing easy access to Shanghai’s Pudong business district, the island’s western end, where Dongtan was planned, will soon be taken over by high-rise, high-footprint apartments. This week, Peter Head, the man behind the project at the London-based consulting engineers Arup, who drew up the master plan, told me his clients at the city’s Shanghai Industrial Investment Company had “gone quiet.
So congratulations to Arup for creating an eco-myth to rival Atlantis and Shangri-La far away from the Thames Gateway Arup too in eastern China by the shores of the Yangtze which has brought them so much non-green business globally.
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