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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Beijing will be crucial to steering an ambitious Paris-style agreement to restore global biodiversity. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. During this time, Chongming county officials were able to outpace the SIIC and proceeded to confiscate farmland, relocate peasants and invest in infrastructure.

Autocratic political structures may be able impose radical change but not sustain it indefinitely.

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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. Arupthe British engineering consultancy firm, was contracted in by the developer, The Shanghai Industrial Investment Company SIICdongtzn design and masterplan Dongtan, an eco-city on Chongming Island close to Shanghai, the first of a planned series.

Dongtan is a plan for a new eco-city on the island of Chongming in ShanghaiChina. If I sound bitter, I am. There is a rule for everything. It’s a bit like greening the planet.

Critics have argued that Dongtan will not have a big impact on existing Chinese cities, which will still house the majority of the population. 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.

This page was last edited on donggtan Aprilat That is how they have developed so fast, by being totally prescriptive. Lots of grand promises, but in the end the old entrenched ways mean little happens. 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.


Dongtan was presented at the United Nations Dohgtan Urban Forum by China as an example of an eco-city, and is aruo first of up to four such cities to be designed and built in China by Arup.

Most projects associated with the disgraced Donghan have languished indefinitely, Sze points out, while permits for dozens of other major developments around China won approval.

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The project office is shut. Archived from the original on 25 April Retrieved 29 December Houses are now selling here to Shanghai middle classes for use when spending weekends away from the city.

Yet, five years after the World Expo the Dongtan dream has been abandoned. Loading comments… Trouble loading? View fact sheet for more information. There is a persistent rumour that the project has been ddongtan casualty aeup the political fallout from the conviction of the city boss Chen Liangyu, jailed last year for corruption. Shanghai milked the media well during the heyday of the planning.

Topics Greenhouse gas emissions Greenwash. 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 dpngtan enough to win Arup praise from numerous quarters including Ken Livingstone and John Prescott – again without any independent investigation or critique.

Is it all over? Now more than ever… chinadialogue is at the heart of the battle for truth on donttan change and its challenges at this critical time.

Dongtwn 25 25 50 All. This week, Peter Head, the man behind the project at the London-based consulting engineers Dongtann, who drew up the master plan, told me his clients at the city’s Shanghai Industrial Investment Company had “gone quiet. Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone praised Dongtan as pioneering work leading to a more sustainable future. The first are already under construction. 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.

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Almost all of them are built on a fiction: So did Britain’s top urban planner, Peter Hall, and the London mayor Ken Livingstone, who wanted ideas for greening his urban landscape. Searching for Dongtan on Google, there are aroundhits.

Greenwash, in other words. The problems are more fundamental. A key element of this is the Dongtan Institute for Sustainability which will initially be based in Tongji University. 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. Archived from the original on A new book explores the failed promise of Dongtan eco-city outside Shanghai and why so many other ambitious green projects lie abandoned.

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

Firstly, the project has been hailed by Arup as a visionary eco-city, a line that has then been repeated without crticism or investigation by most media organisations keen for a China good news story and being steanmrollered by the impressive Arup Arkp machine. Eco City design to be reviewed in Birmingham”. Later phases of development will see the city grow to hold a population of around 80, by and up toby Retrieved from ” https: