Gap in Eco-City Perception and Development

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Yihui Shi presently works for Damuwan Eco-town Development Administrative Committee (www.damuwan.com), Xiangshan Ningbo, where he oversees the low carbon development and sustainability aspects in planning within the local government. Yihui completed his Mechanical Engineering (MEng) with a specialization on Sustainable Energy from Imperial College London in 2006 followed by a DPhil in Sustainable Energy from University of Oxford, where he worked on R&D of a novel Tidal Turbine for amassing Marine Energy. Yihui co-founded an NGO called SSEA (www.ssea-online.com), which promotes the use of sustainable energy and has held events in China and UK, for linking green technologies to business and government.

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Gap in Eco-City Perception and Development

  1. 1. Eco-­‐Ci'es   Are  they  delivering  the  promises?   Green  Drinks  China,  08th  August,  Shanghai   Yihui  Shi   (Damuwan  Eco  City  Planning,  Ningbo,  China)  
  2. 2. The  goal/promise  for  Eco-­‐Ci'es  is   “to   enhance   the   wellbeing   of   ci0zens   and   society   through   integrated   urban   planning   and   management   that   fully   harnesses   the   benefits   of   ecological  system,  and  protects  and  nurtures  these   assets  for  future  genera0on”              -­‐-­‐-­‐                Finnish  Professor  Eero  Paloheimo   Eco-­‐Ci'es  should  be  designed  with  considera'on   of  environmental  impact,  affordable,  livable  and   workable  by  people,    habitable  by  wild  life.  
  3. 3. The  need  of  Eco-­‐Ci'es!   Globally    Popula'on  boom    Capacity  limit  of  old   towns    Rapid  Urbaniza'on    Economic  engine    Jobs  and  welfare    Environmental   sustainability  
  4. 4. Eco-­‐Ci'es  in  China,  fast  and  furious?   Photo  downloaded  from  Worldwatch  ins'tute,  copyright  belongs  to  infzm.com   According  to  Project2049  ins'tute,  there   are  as  many  as  168  eco-­‐ci'es  in  China  and   coun'ng…   Is  China  building  eco-­‐ci'es  too  fast?   Is  China  building  the  eco-­‐ci'es  we  need?   Is  there  a  risk  that  the  name  “eco-­‐city”  has   turned  into  a  “luxury  brand”  for   infrastructure  project  and  real  estate   games?  
  5. 5. Behind  the  rush  
  6. 6. The  eco-­‐city  revolu'on…   Eco-­‐city  
  7. 7. Is  it  sustainable?   •  Popula'on?   •  Economy?   •  Energy  &  Resources?   •  The  whole  model?   •  In  some  cases  in  China,  eco-­‐ci'es  have  turned  into   ghost  ci'es  
  8. 8. Case  study  -­‐  Damuwan  
  9. 9. The  problem   •  Conven'onal  city  planning?   •  Transport?  (how  to  beaer  connect)   •  Energy  and  resources?   •  Local  Popula'on?   •  Resilient  eco-­‐city?  
  10. 10. Star'ng  from:  The  grid  
  11. 11. The  vision  
  12. 12. Will  you  buy  it?   •  Enough  residents?   •  For  the  Rich  or  poor?   •  Model  sustainable?  
  13. 13. Eco-­‐ci'es  are  cool,  but  not  every  city   needs  one!  
  14. 14. We  s'll  have  hope,  eco-­‐ci'es  can  be  part   of  the  great  solu'on!   shiyihui@gmail.com  

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