DHV, an engineering consultancy, has been commissioned, together with the Chinese planning institute Qinghua and the Arup consultancy from the UK, to carry out a coastal and urban development project in China.
The coastal city is to be built on an area of 150 square km to provide space for one million residents. Included in its concept is an island and a lagoon.
The concept allows for the creation of fresh groundwater in a sustainable manner for use in the city’s green spaces.
Because of the coastal location in a salt-water area, and because of the limited rainfall in the north of China, there is little fresh water available for the future inhabitants. Thus one of the project’s challenges is to capture and recycie fresh water in as a sustainable manner as possible.
The city’s construction will begin in 2009 next to an industrial port comparable in size to that of the Port of Rotterdam. (And the technology will be similar to that used in the Wadden Sea, Holland and Denmark, part of which is shown in our illustration.)