The French-Chinese pilot Eco-cité award received by5 Chinese cities

Chine, éco-cités, villes, développement durable, environnementThe President of the “Chinese Society for Urban Studies” and ex-Vice Minister of Construction, Qiu Baoxing, the President of the Scientific and Technic Center of Building (CSTB), Etienne Crépon and the President of Cerway, Patrick Nossent were present to attribute the prize.

This prize valorize the cooperation between pilot authorities and French and Chinese experts on the development of sustainable cities. The aim of this award is to encourage new cities to get involved in the process.

5 cities rewarded

The five pilot cities who received the award are:

  • Jilin
  • Panshi
  • Qinqyun
  • Jinqzhou
  • Foshan

Thanks to this award, they enter in a « HQE Aménagement TM” certification process, support by Cerway. Here, the aim is to support the long-term project of these cities with a follow-up of their organisation and management. The goal for the laureat cities is to obtain the HQE Aménagement TM certification to be able to valorize their overall approach for the quality of life, of environment’s respect and economic development.

What is the Eco-city Award ?

Three main points describe the approach:

  • The multi-scale spatial approach closely associating with urban solutions and technical solutions
  • Co-construction with local actors
  • The respect for local identities, including ecosystems

The conception of the urban projects awarded by this prize, was developed in collaboration with these five Chinese cities, the CSTB team of experts on sustainable development associated with the urban architect David Mangin and her assistant Florence Bougnoux, specialist in sustainable cities. In this approach, the mission of the CSTB consists in proposing a renewed urban development on the global perimeter of the city and on a more restricted studies’ sector.

Concerning the French approach, it was conceived on a careful reading of Chinese urban planning and architecture. The French approach is translated into concrete proposals adapted to each city:

  • Mobility and the development of collective transport and soft ways
  • Ecosystems and particularly ecological water management
  • Integration of existing neighbourhoods and populations, with rehabilitation/preservation of local patrimony
  • Low-carbon energy strategies and circular economy (waste, sorting, recycling, etc.)

Concrete examples

Among the winners, Qingyun presents an interesting project. This city called “the city of the two rivers” is located in the southeast of Beijing. A quality agricultural territory located at 40km from the sea and inhabited by 80 000 people. The project envisages the creation of a long-distance bus line that will serve the city’s main existing and planned activity centers. This agricultural territory will lead to evolve into agricultural clusters, combining an innovative and organic agriculture as well as a densification of existing villages. This will favour short systems and employment opportunities for the population.

The Panshi Eco-city project is also a good example. This eco-valley of the Lotus mountain is a tourist pole thanks to its ski resort, its caves and its temples. The project plans to diversify tourism to make existing it in all seasons. For that, the enhancement of existing villages and the conversion of military buildings into spas are envisaged solutions. Moreover, the project provides the construction of a station to facilitate access for tourists.