China looks to regulate city growth
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.