China is immersed in some of the worst pollution problems on the planet due to the dense population in their cities, the rapidly growing industrial business, and the growing use of cars. China is working with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to create the Great City complex in Chengdu. The new city is being planned and built from the ground up to reduce energy usage while providing superior service to citizens. It is projected to produce 60% less carbon dioxide and up to 89% less landfill waste while cutting energy use by 48% and water use by 58%.
The design pushes the dense population vertically, but keeps food growing areas nearby to reduce cost of food transportation and packaging. Nearly 60% of the city will be covered in greenery to provide beauty, provide food, and improve air quality. The concept steers the world in the direction of creating living spaces packed with both ecological and economical advantages.