China looks to reg­u­late city growth

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China re­leased a guide­line on ur­ban plan­ning in a bid to tackle prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with in­creas­ing ur­ban­iza­tion, promis­ing to make China’s sprawl­ing cities more liv­able, ef­fi­cient and green.

Cities will no longer be al­lowed to grow be­yond what their nat­u­ral re­sources can sup­port, and bizarre ar­chi­tec­ture that is not eco­nom­i­cal, func­tional, aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing or en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly will be for­bid­den, while con­struc­tion tech­niques that gen­er­ate less waste and use fewer re­sources, such as the use of pre­fab­ri­cated build­ings, will be en­cour­aged, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment.

The doc­u­ment is the first to fo­cus on the is­sue since 1978 when only 18 per­cent of China’s pop­u­la­tion lived in cities. By the end of last year, the fig­ure had reached about 50 per­cent.

In­creased ur­ban­iza­tion has brought with it sev­eral prob­lems, in­clud­ing pol­lu­tion, and se­vere traf­fic con­ges­tion and com­pro­mised pub­lic safety. Poor ur­ban plan­ning has also led to is­sues such as over­taxed power dis­tri­bu­tion net­works.

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