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Infrastructure is key to new towns, forum told

SHANGHAI needs to build more support facilities and infrastructure when developing new towns in order to attract people to live there, a professor from Tongji University told an architecture seminar at the university yesterday.

Lu Dingyi said the new towns in Shanghai, if they were just centered on a certain industry, such as one in Jiading District named auto town, were not attractive, because there were not enough work opportunities or facilities such as hospitals and schools.

"People cannot find a life in these new towns," Lu said.

Ye Ming, deputy director of Qingpu District's planning and land bureau, said that one of the problems they had when designing Qingpu New Town was being able to attract professionals to work in an area 50 kilometers from downtown.

Aurora Lopez, head of Barcelona's urban planning, told the forum the city had focused on infrastructure when it renovated its old town.

Wu Yang, a local architect, said Barcelona had a better balance of old and new when it came to restoration projects and Shanghai could learn from that experience.


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