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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Environmental reforms are stuttering under the aup of a trade war but the government can get back on track, writes Ma Tianjie.

The first are already under construction. 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.

The cities are planned to be ecologically friendly, with zero-greenhouse-emission transit and complete self-sufficiency in water and energy, together with the use of zero energy building principles. Dongtan is a plan for a new eco-city on the island of Chongming in ShanghaiChina.

The only vehicles allowed in the city will be powered by electricity or hydrogen. China Builds a Bright Green Metropolis”. 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.

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The problems are more fundamental. 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.

Dongtan will be a city of three villages that meet to form a city centre. We wanted to change the rules in Dongtan, to do everything different. Abandoned gear is a huge threat to the environment but there are lots of ways to fix the problem.


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Archived from the original on 25 July The width of roads, everything. Dongtan is very significant for Shanghai and the nation. Non-academic readers may puzzle over her rather abstract terminology, which Sze tries to clarify: This time, I was a personal victim of greenwash. 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.

Not so, says Head. Order by newest oldest recommendations. View fact sheet for more information. A key element dongatn this is the Dongtan Institute for Sustainability which will initially be based in Tongji University.

People like Head, whose commitment to the project was total, could have been planning other things that might have got off the drawing board.

Eco City design to be reviewed in Birmingham”.

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Sze is a native New Yorker, but her father hails from Chongming Island in the Yangtze delta, which used to be dismissed as a rural backwater offshore from Shanghai before it was set aside to create Dongtan, an eco-city for half a million people. Yet, five years after the World Expo the Dongtan dream has been abandoned. Shanghai, one of the fastest growing megacities on the planet, was setting aside a giant island in the Yangtze river to create an eco-city for half a million people.

But they and Arup were hoodwinked as much as anyone. Dongtan was planned to open, with accommodation for 10, in time for the Shanghai World Expo in T hree years ago, I crossed the world to see it: Let’s hope that word will spread of Arup’s greenwashing and that the suits at Arup HQ will start to look as nervous as the migratory birds who now inhabit Dongtan and who’s natural habitat may one day be destroyed by Arup’s bulldozers to make way for the con job that is Dongtan. Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone praised Dongtan as pioneering work leading to a more sustainable future.


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.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Autocratic political structures may be able impose radical change but not sustain it indefinitely. During this time, Chongming county officials were able to outpace the SIIC and proceeded to confiscate farmland, relocate peasants and invest in infrastructure.

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, 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.

Dongtan is a chance to develop new ways of living. It’s a bit like greening the planet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We just don’t know if anything will happen or when. Did he ever mean it? The reaction to Dongtan has been mixed, although recent media coverage has largely been negative due to delays and shortcomings in the project’s execution.

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