Taking the EU-China urbanisation demonstration zone in Foshan as an example
Photo: Peter Schintlmeister, Li Tie
16 July 2016 – During a half day seminar at the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) in Beijing, academic and corporate experts on urban planning took a deep look into a special urbanisation project in South China: the “Foshan Demonstration Zone of EU-China Urbanisation Cooperation”, which was established in Foshan New City, Guangdong province, in 2014 with the support of CCUD and the management committee of the Sino-German Industrial Service Zone. The standards and principles applied by Foshan Demonstration Zone, drawing reference from Sino-European green cities, Industry 4.0 and Internet+, were thoroughly examined and discussed. The “Country Garden’s ECO-2 City” model, for example, is based on Southern China’s hot and rainy climate conditions and adopts solar panels, rainwater recycling and stack effect to reduce carbon emissions, building a low-carbon city with lush greeneries. Other concepts create public open spaces to meet the demands of an ever growing city population. All measures are developed as a cure for common urban diseases such as traffic jam and heavy pollution of air and water.
The experts were warmly welcomed by Li Tie, director general of CCUD and the fruitful workshop was moderated by Qiu Aijun, deputy director general of CCUD. Peter Schintlmeister, director of OSTA and Cecilia Rovelli, business manager at the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, also joined the seminar and contributed their views from an Austrian and European perspective.