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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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 srup found in its wetland. Show 25 25 50 All. Arup is assisting in the coordination of these networks and in planning associated Institutes for Sustainability.

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 recently received the ” Greenwasher of the Year Award” from Ethical Corporation Magazine for the most dubious green claim of the year, describing Dongtan as a Potemkin village. Later phases of development will see the city grow to hold a zrup of around 80, by and up toby With the new bridge providing easy access to Shanghai’s Pudong business aup, the island’s western end, where Dongtan was planned, will soon be taken over by high-rise, high-footprint apartments.

Dongtan will be a city of three villages that meet to form aryp city centre.

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Email your examples to greenwash theguardian. Environmental reforms are stuttering under the pressure of a trade war but the government can get wrup on track, writes Ma Tianjie. A key element of this is the Dongtan Institute for Sustainability which will initially be based in Tongji University. Dongtan was presented at the United Nations World Urban Arul 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.


If I sound bitter, I am.

That is how they have developed so fast, by being totally prescriptive. During this time, Chongming county officials were able to outpace the SIIC and proceeded to confiscate farmland, relocate peasants and invest in infrastructure.

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And all mentioned of it has disappeared from the Expo website slogan: The tunnel and bridge are about to open. But they and Arup were hoodwinked as much as anyone.

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Dongtan proposes to have only green transport movements along its coastline. Most projects associated with the disgraced Chen have languished indefinitely, Sze points out, while permits for dozens of other major developments around China won approval. The project office is shut. 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 first are already under construction. Searching for Dongtan on Google, there are aroundhits. People like Head, whose commitment to the project was total, could have been planning other things that might have got off the drawing board. His deputy, John Prescott, went there twice. We plan to protect and enhance the existing wetlands by returning agricultural land to a wetland state creating a ‘buffer-zone’ between the city and the mudflats – at its narrowest point, this ‘buffer-zone’ will be 3.


Dongtan was planned to open, with accommodation for 10, in time for the Shanghai World Expo in Topics Greenhouse gas emissions Greenwash. Yet, five years after the World Expo the Dongtan dream has been abandoned. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Want to submit your project to World Architecture News? The only vehicles allowed in the city will be powered by electricity or hydrogen. The non-existent eco-city has also given Arup excellent guanxi connections with the Chinese govenrment who, in return for maintaing that the illusory Dongtan is a ‘green’ project have awarded Arup numerous projects in China from decidely ungreen airports to skyscrapers.

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. Did he ever mean it? Well, it is now exactly a year until the start of the Expo.

Dongtan is a chance to develop new ways of living. So congratulations to Arup for 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.

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