China's largest telecommunications company plans to build a futuristic smart city in the suburbs of Shenzhen, in the near future, in which there will be no road transport. During the construction of the "Clean City" they will adhere to the principles and norms of "green architecture", which will contribute to the preservation of the environment not only in this part of the metropolis. As the organizers of this ecologically safe area promise, it will not become an isolated island only for the elite.
Internet giant Tencent has revealed plans to build a new sustainable futuristic city in the Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen. Soon, a unique "smart" city will appear in the south of China, which will become a dream come true not only for the leaders of the country's largest telecommunications company, but also for the majority of the world's inhabitants. According to the concept that has appeared, the city will combine the latest achievements of high technologies, education, environmental safety, complete energy self-sufficiency and an ideally comfortable urban environment.
This event was preceded by a competition to create the best innovative project for the city of the future, which will be able to leave a minimum carbon footprint and at the same time be as comfortable as possible for people to live. In 2019, the American company NBBJ, known for its non-standard solutions, won the competition. As the project leaders admit: “We spent a lot of time to make the city as less vulnerable as possible and to move away from the use of road transport as much as possible, focusing on creating a comfortable life for the townspeople.”
"Net City" - this is the name given to the project, which will occupy an area of 2 square meters. km at the mouth of the Pearl River, on lands that for many years were unsuitable for life or the development of agricultural land. Before the start of construction, large-scale reclamation measures will be carried out on this territory so that the allocated area is suitable for the construction and placement of the urban environment. According to the developers, the master plan gives priority to pedestrians with the most limited access to traditional types of vehicles.
Interesting fact:Despite the seeming diminutiveness, the area of the "smart" city will correspond to the size of the tiny state of Monaco. It is planned that at least 80 thousand people will be able to live in this paradise. And if we compare it with the same dwarf country, then in the "Clean City" there will be 2 times more inhabitants.
Despite loud statements about the rejection of the use of vehicles, some areas of the city in the city will have transport arteries that will connect with the metropolis and allow movement between distant points. Only for organizing the traffic of buses, bicycles and individual vehicles a single "green corridor" will be created around which the main residential areas, a business center and recreation areas will be located.
The authors of the project report that most of the territory is allocated for the organization of parks, common recreation areas, but they plan to place numerous green areas on the roofs of buildings. Naturally, it will not do without the construction of a business center, educational institutions, residential areas, entertainment and recreation areas for citizens.
Despite the fact that the creation of this "smart" city was conceived as a place of work, residence and social interaction of employees of the conglomeration Tencent, the developers hope that it will become a vital hub for all of Shenzhen. Moreover, all conditions have been created for the maximum integration of the new community into the urban environment of the megalopolis. An unusual town, created on previously unsuitable for life and construction lands, will be connected to the main part of Shenzhen by road bridges, ferries and subway lines.
Given the bay's volatile climate, the development team views the region as an organic ecosystem. Its clever design will transform it into a self-sufficient place to generate its own energy, recycle and reuse waste, produce its own food and, ultimately, into a natural city-wide intelligent system with flexible interconnections. Such an ecological and innovative focus will have a beneficial effect not only on the preservation of the environment, but will also significantly reduce the cost of maintaining all urban systems.
In this unique project, a special place was given to the embankment, which is a wavy green area in the form of a huge park. It is he who will be the connecting link between other areas of the metropolis and will become the central object of the city of the future. Along the entire length of the winding coast of the bay, tourists and locals will be able to stroll and admire the opening views of the bay itself and the twinkling lights of the metropolis. At the same time, you can enjoy the fresh air and socializing.
Vacationers will especially appreciate the abundance of vegetation that can be observed throughout the entire length of this park and the entire city. Moreover, not only the ground space will be fragrant, green roofs and vertical gardens on the walls of multi-level buildings will subtly fit into public spaces. And most importantly, the functions of the park space will be divided according to the goals of creating life, learning, interacting and working. At the southern tip, for example, are office buildings, to the east are commercial, entertainment and public spaces, and to the west and north are office properties mixed with residential high-rise buildings.
In general, the urban area promises to be ultra-modern and absolutely comfortable for people to live in. “In today's computerized world, we can build a city where work, life and play are closely intertwined and synergistic with interactions between people,” said Jonathan Ward, design partner at NBBJ.
Reference: Preparatory work on the creation of the future city will begin by the end of 2020, but the first residents will appear in it no earlier than in 7 years.