A Green Metropolis For China: The Largest Green Development In The World
China--well, Asia in general--is not simply the forerunner of electronics and technology. China is quickly becoming the Eco-Pioneer as well, and with advancements such as soon-to-be-created, whole eco cities, who could argue with the title? The latest project? A new master plan for a 20-square-kilometer green city in the Pokou district of Nanjing in the Jiangsu province of China. The plan, from the Australian firm, CK Designworks, is contending for the title of the world's largest green development yet.
Including 10 landmark towers, residences for 200,000 people, industrial developments, and commercial sectors, all of which will be connected via monorail, the new development is projected to be built on a combination of greenfields and existing industrial lowlands. The idea is to optimize spatial distribution of green and economic land use. The epic master plan intends to express a modern and sustainable image while also respecting the history and culture of Nanjing for the purpose of portraying the Chinese "way of life" to the entire world. Another goal is to inspire the highest form of flattery, imitation from other areas throughout China.
Each of the 10 towers will capture themes from various Chinese myths and one will be a five-star hotel, the product of an international competition. Of course, all of the towers will meet the highest of LEED certifications, and a monorail system will provide green transportation to and from the towers as well as frequently visited institutions such as schools, hospitals, and recreational areas.
CK Designworks, based in Melbourne, Australia, was established in 1978 by Robert Caulfield and Ivo Krivanek who were later joined by Janusz Kowal and Domenic Crisante. The company is most known for its innovative "master plans," interior designs, as well as financial solutions for foreward-thinking building plans. Ceratainly, this latest project will outshine all others from the group--from any group, for that matter.