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Illustration of Great City, a high-rise, high density community of 80,000, where cars are unnecessary.
PHOTO CAPTION: Illustration of Great City, a high-rise, high density community of 80,000, where cars are unnecessary.

Work to Begin on China's First Carless City

It will take some eight years to complete when it starts the fall of 2013, but when it does, it will be home to some 80,000 inhabitants who, because of the nature of its design, will not need an automobile. Instead, the residents of Great City, on the outskirts of Chengdu, will be able to walk -- or cycle -- to anywhere in the community in 15 minutes time.

Built on 1.3 square kilometers, 60 percent of the city will be preserved as open space. In addition, the Chicago, Illinois firm designing the community, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, claim that it will "use 48% less energy and 58% less water than conventional developments of this size, producing 89% less landfill waste and generating 60% less carbon dioxide." Great City will be linked to Chengdu by public transit.

Great City, China

SOURCE: de zeen.com

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