Sustainable Urban Development

Rapid urbanization is one of China's key challenge. Cities are excercing high pressure on the country's scarce ressources and adding to environmental degradation. The key is to ensure a long term planning that allows for sustainability. German experts are ready to engage in a dialogue and share concepts and their experience.

Need for sustainable urban development in China

China’s urban population rate has increased dramatically, from 18 percent of the total population in 1978 to 48 percent in 2010. This trend is expected to continue in the decades to come, reaching to levels of 70% known in developed countries. Cities are hubs for the economic and technological development, cultural exchange . But they can also be places where social contradictions grow and ecological problems worsen. For this reason China has put the concept of “eco-cities” on its long-term agenda.

German strategies for sustainable urban development

Germany can provide China with valuable experience in sustainable development. An integrated approach to design is key to sustainable urban development and something where Germany excels.

In the past years, German urban planners have been working on concepts to integrate sustainable land use, resource planning, environmental solutions and infrastructure, this with the aim to improve the building, economic and social environment.

Integrated sustainable solutions

Many highlighted urban problems in China can be solved by integrated sustainable solutions from Germany.

> Find out about energy efficiency & green building
> Find out about pilot project development and promotion
> Find out about German efforts for sustainable cities: Hamburg goes green


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Zhangjiang Technology & Culture Exchange Center


This project will be certified with the newest German green building rating system and a cooperation between Chinese architects and German experts.