Housing more than 20% of the world’s population, China often faces many challenges when designing large-scale development projects. I was fortunate enough to visit one of these projects while in Tianjin, China this past June. A joint effort between China and Singapore, the Tianjin Eco-city is set to become a potential game changer for the urban planning, clean energy, design and architecture industries as the implementation phase begins now through 2020.
Designed to be completely sustainable, the Eco-city features solar power, wind power, rainwater recycling and water treatment technologies, in addition to residential, commercial and public facilities. The Tianjin Eco-city will provide its 350,000 residents various options for living environments, as well as subsidized housing for those who qualify. The Tianjin Eco-city is striving for a balance between economic development and environmental protection in order to further develop the city of Tianjin. Conveniently located less than 100 miles from Beijing and 6 miles from the Tianjin Port, the Eco-city will play an important role as China continues to blossom economically. It will also become an example for the rest of the world.
So why does this matter to the US?
It matters, because it makes sense. Sustainable building can be both beneficial to the environment and profitable for developers, contractors, designers and residents. Maybe the next eco-city will be built in the United States.