Monday, June 22, 2009
Will our new cities like the Eco Atlantic city be designed and built to meet efficient and sustainable standards that will keep municipal maintenance budgets and well as the cost of living low. According to Wikipedia "...Eko Atlantic City is a planned district of Lagos, Nigeria, being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean. Located on Lagos’ Bar Beach; the proposed development is targeting 250,000 residents and 200,000 commuters flowing daily to the new island. The development will also have a positive environmental impact; its purpose is to stop the erosion of the Lagos coastline..."
"...Adjacent to Victoria Island, Eko Atlantic will rise as the next generation of property in Africa. Expected to be around 4 square miles, the city will satisfy needs for: financial, commercial, residential, and touristic accommodations. These needs will easily be satisfied with a state of the art high-tech infrastructure that will be in line with modern and environmental standards. These standards will offer the city’s residents better water, waste management, security, and transportation. Eko Atlantic will also offer its residents an independent source of energy, generated specifically for the city..."
I hope our Eco Atlantic city will not end up looking like the Lekki(Lekki, Phase 1, 2,and 3) Peninsular that is devoid of open spaces,nature parks,recreational space, closed sewage and trees. The current proposed design does not show any greenery I wonder why?
The Tianjin Eco-city website says that "...one of the main guiding principles was to adopt a holistic approach towards creating and designing a liveable, efficient and compact city, which would be developed in an ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable manner.
"...The intention is for development to take place around a central core of conserved ecological wetlands and rehabilitated water bodies. The main centre of the Eco-city will be located on the southern bank of a historical thousand-year old river course, which has been planned for a variety of uses, including commercial, cultural and recreational uses. This will allow for a varied live-work-play environment close to the natural environment, and provide easy public access to the waterfront.
A comprehensive green transport network, i.e. non-motorised and public transport, will be developed in the Eco-city. A light rail transit system will serve as the main mode of transport through the Eco-city. Green open spaces and public amenities will be interspersed amongst the residential developments to facilitate recreation and social interaction..."