China knowingly carries status of “world factory” – this country is the largest in the world producer of consumer goods. However, China’s economic success is directly related to its terrible environmental conditions. But the authorities have recognized this problem and struggling to solve. One example of the creation of options to alter the situation, is the project of self-sufficient ‘green’ city of Great City.
China in recent years, began active development of “green” technologies. For example, it is already running the world’s largest hydroelectric Three Gorges, and the number of generated power windmills Celestial has already overtaken the United States. In the future – construction of entire cities, which will generate electricity exclusively from renewable sources. A Great City – the first of these ambitious projects.
Great City concept designed by the architect Adrian Smith from Gordon Gill Architecture. This project involves the construction of a small (80 000 inhabitants), a satellite town seven millionth Chinese metropolis of Chengdu.
Moreover, all of the energy is used by this settlement, will be produced from renewable sources, that is, by means of solar panels, wind turbines, hydro, etc.
Great City streets are devoid of motor traffic. At any point of the settlement can be reached on foot from a different point of maximum of fifteen minutes. Transport is communication, multi-level car parks, railways and highways that connect the city with Chengdu, will be put into the ground. As planned by the architect, much of the entire city will be parks. They will surround the Great City on the perimeter and the area of greenery will be 480 acres.
“We developed this project dense vertical city to prove that residents of large communities can live in harmony with nature, and not in opposition to it” – so says the idea of Great City itself Endrian Smith.