The eco-city as urban technology: perspectives on Caofeidian International Eco-City (China)

Joss, S. and Molella, A. P. (2013) The eco-city as urban technology: perspectives on Caofeidian International Eco-City (China). Journal of Urban Technology, 20(1), pp. 115-137. (doi: 10.1080/10630732.2012.735411)

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Caofeidian International Eco-City, in North-East China, is among several large-scale new eco-city initiatives currently in development across Asia. Built from scratch across an area of 74 km2, with an expected population of 800,000 by 2020, the city's plan boasts an abundance of urban sustainability features, from integrated public transport services and advanced water and waste recycling systems, to public parks and an extensive wetland area. This article uses the historical and conceptual perspective of “techno-city” to analyze the city's urban technology features. It highlights the relationship between the city and its hinterland, discusses the focus on science and technology driving the city's concept, and explores the international, modernist design language used. In doing so, the analysis points to several key tensions and contradictions at work, including a disconnect between the city's green technology focus and the high-carbon heavy industry of the surrounding area, and a lack of engagement with the local culture and community. Caofeidian Eco-City exhibits several features of twentieth-century techno-cities, although these are re-cast within the twenty-first-century context of global climate change policy and China's ongoing rapid urbanization processes.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Joss, Professor Simon
Authors: Joss, S., and Molella, A. P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Urban Technology
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-1853
Published Online:31 January 2013

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