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Urban Planners Eye China’s Cities

Matt Ball on June 24, 2013 - in Planning

China’s rapidly growing built environment is inspiring urban planners to develop new ways of thinking, said Mark Harrison, head of urban planning in Asia Pacific at the United Kingdom’s engineering consultancy Atkins.

“I think there are so many new ideas being developed and tested out in China, because China is urbanizing at such a rapid speed,” Harrison said.

One example is the incorporation of environmental sustainability considerations into a new city or town at the point of construction, as opposed to introducing measures to reduce environmental damage after it has occurred, which was the case in many European cities. This is because Europe industrialized early and the environmental impact of the built environment was sometimes not properly considered, whereas China’s newly built cities have the advantage of learning from Europe’s mistakes, Harrison said.

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