A tiny pocket city built from scratch next to a crowded urban center could alleviate some of China’s crowding and pollution problems. A Chicago-based architectural firm designed a master plan for the city, which will be built within eight years and host 30,000 families, or roughly 80,000 people.
Great City will cover just 1.3 square kilometers, or 0.5 square miles. This is about 245 football fields of space. That is not a ton of space for 80,000 people. And that’s the idea--everything is supposed to be so close that you can walk anywhere within 15 minutes.
Here’s a breakdown of land use:
•Total site: 800 acres
•Urbanized area: 320 acres
•Buffer zone with natural landscape: 480 acres
Within the urbanized area:
•15 percent of land reserved for parks
•60 percent for construction of buildings
•25 percent for infrastructure, roads and pedestrian streets