Shanggang Waterfront City | Shanghai China | Tract and QITE

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The site of Shanggang Waterfront City is located in the northeast of Shanghai, with Bao Steel Group in the north and Songbao Area in the south. It is bounded by Raocheng highway in the west and Yangtze River in the east.

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China to create megacity with 42 million residents *UPDATE*

*UPDATE* The report that Guangdong planned to create a megacity is ‘false’ according to Guangdong government officials. The plan is to strength the transport links and public services between the cities. The government under the formal ‘outline’ plan from 2008 will develop three economic circles Guangfozhao (Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhaoqing), Shenguanhui (Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou) and Zhuzhongjiang (Zhuhai, Zhongshan and Jiangmen) – will be developed in the near future. [SOURCE: China.org.cn]
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According to the Telegraph the urban planners in the Pearl River Delta are set to join 9 cities under the “Turn The Pearl River Delta Into One” scheme create one mega city that is 16,000 square miles. The cities included in the scheme include Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing. According to the consultant Guangdong Rural and Urban Planning Institute they undertaking this plan to allow services to be spread across the mega-city, reduce phone call costs and have universal high speed rail and metro train cards.

Whether we call the plan a mega-city or mega-region its still a large urban planning and services task. That involves one the largest manufacturing regions of the world. The speed at which it will move will be dependent on how successfully it is implemented.

The mega-city plan is big and bold like many in China and is in keeping with the current economic plan of mega-regions with two or more cities – Yangzte River Delta(Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Nanjing, Changzhou, Ningbo) , Bohai Economic Area (Beijing, Tianjin),  Sichuan Basin(Chongqing, Chengdu), Pearl River Delta(Guangzhou, Shenzhen & Hong Kong), Cross Strait Economic Area (Xiamen, Fuzhou, Wenzhou, Shantou). These mega-regions have between 23 million to 120 million people.

Read more at the [Telegraph]

Mega Cities not always the biggest polluters

Mega-cities around the world such as New York, London, Los Angeles, Shanghai are often blamed for the high Green House Gas(GHG) emissions but a recent report released found that cities like Sydney(20.6), Calgary(17.7), Stuttgart(16.0), Denver (21.5), Rotterdam (29.8) CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per capita where far higher than some of the world’s mega-cities including Shanghai (11.7), Tokyo (4.89), Dehli (1.5), Mexico City (4.25), London (9.6) and New York (10.5) CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per capita. Although it could be seen that the overall city emissions are high however, when measuring  tCO2e per capita it gives a very different picture.

The report focused on the Canadian city of Toronto and the results were surprising across the city as an inner city resident could have an annual emissions as low as 1.3 tCO2e whereas someone in a sprawling outer suburb could have 13.02 tCO2e. The report has a series of aerial images including high-rise(1.31) to outer suburbia(13.02) with the annual emissions for the area which gives a great insight into urban design and consequent emissions.

Lowest emissions in the study where from apartment dwelling city residents using public transit as there main source of transport.

I recommend reading the report ‘Cities and greenhouse gas emissions: moving forward‘ (10 January 2011) – a free copy is available from Environment & Urbanization

NOTE: Values in brackets () are tonne CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) per capita

Creative Nature USC AAC Exhibition – Shanghai

On July 10, I had the pleasure of attending the  forum and opening of the 2nd USC AAC Exhibition titled Creative Nature in Qingpu on the outskirts of Shanghai.  The forum was an interesting presentation & discussion by panelists on the topic of “The New Chinese Landscape”. Several panelists where new to China so giving a fresh perspective, others had been visiting China intermittently over a long period and a few where living and working in China so a wide range of views where discussed. Overall the forum discussion and the Q&A time with the attendees was interesting to hear differing perspectives in relation to The New Chinese Landscape.

After the Forum was the opening of the Exhibition titled Creative Nature which exhibits the designs of 10 schools that have been granted a parcel of land of the 2011 World Horticultural Exposition in Xi’an. The work will be exhibited at the Qingpu Teahouse in Qingpu, Shanghai from July 10 – August 17, 2010.  If you can’t make to the exhibition you can view the designs on the USC AAC website. I encourage you to go to the exhibition and visit Qingpu as it has some interesting architecture and landscape architecture.

More information at the Exhibition Website.

Below are images of the Forum and Exhibition – the work is interesting as each design has taken a different approach in looking at the future of landscape architecture in their designs.

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New Botanical Garden in Shanghai [VIDEO]

In May 2010, a new botanical garden Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Park 上海辰山植物园 (Shanghai’s 2nd botanical garden) opened after 3 years of construction. The project was apart of improvement works by the government for the 2010 EXPO.

The Botanic Park was designed by Christoph Valentien of  Valentien + Valentien  Landscape Architects and Urban Planners. The design uses Chinese Garden techniques informed by ecological principles. 35 theme parks spread across 200 hectares of land, framed by a ring of laurel forests from all over the world. New Botanic Garden Shanghai has been published about the design by Jovis.

Below is a video with Christoph Valentien by Art.21 program of Deutsche Welle channel.

The Botanical Park is situated in the area known as Songjiang and is 30km from downtown Shanghai and is accessible by the newly opened Metro Line 9.

VIDEO SOURCE: Daily Motion

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