Published on November 15th, 2012 | by Andrew Meggison1
Chinese City To Go Car Free In 8 Years
Welcome to Chengdu Tianfu District Great City, a self-sustaining, environmentally sensitive satellite city that is in the works in China.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, an international architecture firm dedicated to high performance energy efficient structures, have already completed the plans and the goal is to get the city done in eight years and house 80,000 people. The city will be 1.3-square kilometers, allowing residents to walk from one end of the city to the other in about 15 minutes. This is good because there will be no cars allowed in the city.
China’s infrastructure is being heavily impacted by the high population and increased usage of automobiles – the Great City is a direct response to this. The architecture firm estimates the Great City will use 48% less energy, 58% less water, make 89% less landfill waste, and generate 60% less carbon dioxide than a conventional Chinese city with an equivalent population.
The Great City will be connected to the city of Chengdu, home to 14,047,625 inhabitants, and other surrounding areas by mass transit accessed at a regional hub.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison