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Land-starved Shanghai to focus on 'green' construction

SHANGHAI'S future urban development will focus on face-lifting and revamping existing buildings, instead of large-scale new developments due to scarcity of land, Zheng Shiling, a researcher of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, says at a forum today.

"The city is facing dwindling land resources and should shift its development focus to boosting ecological features, such as adding more green space, instead of seeking land for construction," says the academician, who is also an advisor to the municipal government, at the 2012 Shanghai International Eco City Summit.

Zheng also says the auction of car plates is just one way to reduce emissions and ease road congestions. The city can learn from Milan of Italy, which is charging drivers extra fees for entering the central business district during rush hours.

"This is technically feasible and not difficult to practice," he says.

Zheng points out that upgrading and expanding the city's public transit system, such as Metro, can greatly improve urban living, make the city greener and reduce air pollution.

He cites a recent survey that shows 38.2 percent of public space in Shanghai is now covered with greenery. The city is moving closer to the goal of enabling everyone to find a park within 500 meters from his or her home after years of efforts.

More than 500 construction professionals attended the one-day forum, including experts and renowned architects from Germany, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands and Japan.


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