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China's city of the future

Rapid urbanisation means the world will need new cities. Dongtan offers a vision of what they could look like. Derek Brower talks to the firm developing it

IMAGINE the quiet and the peace. No combustion engines. No traffic jams. No queues for the metro. You're surrounded by trees and birds, and you have a view across the seas. And the air is clean. Is this a rural paradise on New Zealand's South Island or Canada's Vancouver Island? Think again. This is China's vision of the future: a metropolis that will one day see 0.5m people living just a short drive from one of the most dynamic, fastest-growing and polluted cities on the planet. They don't yet live in Dongtan, the name of this dream city; no-one does. For now, Dongtan is just a twinkle in the eye of planners from Arup, a global engineering and civic planning consultancy, and a local develo

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