Gallery: SBA Design Unveils Self-Sufficient City of the Future for Chin...


China pumped €300 billion into its 2010 energy consumption goals, and it may be the only country on earth to have actually met them. This is partially thanks to strict environmental requirements for new projects such as SBA Design’s futuristic new city. Dubbed “Glo-cal DNA”, the self sufficient, low carbon, mixed-use development is slated for construction on Hainan Island – a pumping 42.6 square kilometer tourist hotspot.

Between 2005 and 2010 the Chinese government decreased energy consumption by 20%. SBA Design’s future city is just one of numerous projects planned for China that support the country’s ambitious energy-savings goals. Renewable energy plans for the project include wind turbines, waste to gas generators, and photovoltaic panels that will capture up to 300 days of year-round sun with an energy potential of 1628-1861kWh. And to ensure a long supply of clean water, water recycling and rainwater harvesting systems will be put in place.

To achieve a healthy mix of self-sustaining urban and rural lifestyles, the “glo-cal” city will comprise a series of districts interconnected by pedestrian-friendly interior networks. These will be intersected by various public green spaces and even canals. Every district will have its own central ‘city,’ which will include environmentally-friendly industries, an ecological community center, a conference center, and cultural, information, and tourism centers. The financial district will be positioned ‘off-site.’

A Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) system will navigate between the various themed portions of the mega-city, contributing the final component of Hainan’s ‘self-regenerating organism.’

+ SBA Design

Via ArchDaily


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  1. mBo March 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Can anyone say tsunami, or any coastal “Natural Disaster” for that matter? Perhaps recent events have taught us little about the power of Mother Nature. It seems we strive to harness that power through alternative means to power our built environment, yet we overlook the obvious inevitability of extreme fluctuation in our earth’s environment. It is my view that we are taunting tragedy by turning a blind eye to the worst case scenario when we design without respect to the natural order of the world. The term natural disaster is a misnomer. It is only a disaster because human development has imposed their will upon a world in which change is guaranteed. That said, many condolences to those affected by the recent world events.

  2. lazyreader March 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

    You’d think they’d learn Dubai’ lesson on artificial islands. Such as the World islands which are slowly sinking back into the sea.

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