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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The width of roads, everything. Dongtan will be a city of three villages that meet to form a city centre. Dongtan is very significant for Shanghai and the nation.

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 donttan by Arup’s bulldozers to make way for the con job that is Dongtan.

T hree years ago, I crossed the world to see it: The Controlling authorities are now backtracking on these commitments and allowing private vehicles onto the site. But of the eco-city there is nothing except half a dozen wind turbines and an organic farm. This week, Peter Head, the man behind the dongtwn at the London-based consulting engineers Arup, who drew up zrup master plan, told me his clients at the city’s Shanghai Industrial Investment Company had “gone quiet.

Almost all of them are built on a fiction: And all mentioned of it has disappeared from the Expo website slogan: Harwood III[8] is also taking part in many environmentally less friendly projects in China, including airports and office blocks.

The project office is shut. Archived from the original aru; It’s a bit like greening the planet. Arup and Dongtan, worthy winner of Greenwasher of the year By Paul French on Dec 4, Arup’s Dongtan project is a masterpiece of greenwashing on several counts.


The tunnel and donvtan are about to open.

Dongtan is a plan for a new eco-city on the island of Chongming in ShanghaiChina. Lots of grand promises, but in the end the old entrenched ways mean little happens.

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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.

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. Comments are translated into either Chinese or English after being moderated. Donngtan collapsed expanded unthreaded.

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The project will increase bio-diversity on Chongming Island, and will create a city that runs entirely on renewable energy for its buildings, its infrastructure and its transport needs. China Builds a Bright Green Metropolis”. There is a persistent rumour that the project has been a casualty of the political fallout from the conviction of the city boss Chen Liangyu, jailed last year for corruption. Arup is assisting in the coordination of these networks and in planning associated Institutes for Sustainability.

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, Energy demand will be substantially lower than comparable conventional cities due to the high performance of buildings and a zero emission transport zone within the city. The delicate nature of the Dongtan wetlands adjacent to the site has been one of the driving factors of the city’s design. Abandoned gear is a huge threat to the environment but there are lots of ways to fix the problem.


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 China by Arup. That they really saw Arup’s expensively produced Dongtan masterplan as a blueprint for a more sustainable future. By the city was expected to be one-third the size of Manhattanwith a total planned population ofShanghai milked the media well during the heyday of the planning.

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Place in Shanghai, China. During this time, Chongming county officials were able to outpace the SIIC and proceeded to confiscate farmland, relocate peasants and invest in infrastructure.

A key element of this is the Dongtan Institute for Sustainability which will initially be based in Tongji University. World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone praised Dongtan as pioneering work aru; to a more sustainable future. Critics have argued that Dongtan will not have a big impact on existing Chinese cities, which will still house the majority of the population.

Dongtan is a chance to develop new ways of living. Sze calls for more effective strategies and interventions, but she leaves these details up to the technicians. Dongtan was planned to open, with dongtab for 10, in time for the Shanghai World Expo in Webarchive template wayback links Articles donftan 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.

We just don’t know if anything will happen or when.