China plans new car-free city

February 13, 2013 |
The Great City development near Chengdu will prohibit cars. Courtesy Adrian Smit

A new urban development near Chengdu, China, will provide housing for ~80,000 people, surrounded by green space. The vertical, high-density Great City project will be planned so a 10-minute walk takes residents from the city center to the outlying green spaces. Cars will not be allowed in the development; rather, nearby urban centers will be accessible via mass transit. 

Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is designing the project, which will use 48% less energy and 58% less water than a conventional city of the same size. The project "is attempting to address some of the most pressing urban issues of our time," says Gill.

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