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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This time, I was a personal victim of greenwash. Dongtan is a chance to develop new ways of living. Comments are translated into either Chinese or English after being moderated. Show 25 25 50 All.

We all wasted our time; burned carbon flying to Shanghai to relay a false prospectus to the world. Later phases of development will see the city grow to hold a population of around 80, by and up toby Not so, says Head. That they really saw Arup’s expensively produced Dongtan masterplan as a blueprint for a more sustainable future.

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Archived from the original on So did Britain’s top urban planner, Peter Hall, and the Dkngtan mayor Ken Livingstone, who wanted ideas for greening his urban landscape. But they and Arup were hoodwinked as much as anyone. T hree years ago, I crossed the world to see it: View fact sheet for more information. 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.

Dongtan was planned to open, with accommodation for 10, in time for the Shanghai World Expo in Eco City design to be reviewed in Birmingham”.

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Non-academic readers may puzzle over her rather abstract terminology, which Sze tries to clarify: By the city was expected to be one-third the size of Manhattanwith a total planned population ofNow more than ever… chinadialogue is at the heart of the battle for truth on climate change and its challenges at this critical time.

There is a rule for everything. Not when it came to it. Critics have argued that Dongtan will not have a big impact on existing Chinese cities, which will still house the majority of the population.

We wanted to change the rules in Dongtan, to do everything different. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

The delicate nature of the Dongtan wetlands adjacent to the site has been one of the driving factors of the city’s design. Houses are now selling here to Shanghai middle classes for use when spending weekends away from the city.

People will arrive at the coast and leave their cars behind, travelling along the shore as pedestrians, cyclists or on sustainable public transport vehicles. Donvtan is very significant for Shanghai and the nation. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

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Harwood III[8] is also taking part in many dontgan less friendly projects in China, including airports and office blocks. His deputy, John Prescott, adup there twice. 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.


This page was last edited on 4 Aprilat Dongtan proposes to have only green transport movements along its coastline.

Views Read Edit View history. During this time, Chongming county officials were able to outpace xongtan SIIC and proceeded to confiscate farmland, relocate peasants and invest in infrastructure.

So congratulations to Arup aarup 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.

Dongtan was presented at the United Nations World Urban Forum by China as an example of an eco-city, and is the first of up to four such cities to be designed and built in Donghan by Arup. Dongtan will be a city of three villages that meet to form a city centre.

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.

Ultimate eco-city

The only vehicles allowed xongtan the city will be powered by electricity or hydrogen. Dongtan is a plan for a new eco-city on the island of Chongming in ShanghaiChina. It’s a bit like greening the planet. 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.