Qingpu a land of rivers and

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Qingpu, a land of rivers and lakes in the outer suburbs of Shanghai was ignored for a long time, resulting in the city''''''''s development lagging behind. After entering the 21st century, the local government gathered insights on various fields, and proposed the city’s vision as “Qingpu, a green watertown, one of the best habitable city”, working out the meticulous plan incorporating local characteristics, respecting nature and history. In order to develop its 6000 years history creatively, famous world urban planners, architects, developers and contractors have been in Qingpu working on the rehabilitation and the protection of environment. The new city of Qingpu shows the unique glamour of “ancient charm with clear water and green”, which boosts the residents’ sense of pride, while at the same time provides opportunities for the suburbs to become urbanized. Currently, the local government is mobilizing various societal actors to capitalize on the World Expo to be held in 2010 in Shanghai, which offers a golden opportunity to realize the goal of: “Better city, better life”. The New Qingpu Practice is committed to 1) Environmental protection and construction with a focus on the water environment; 2) Ecological greening construction that results in comfortable public spaces; 3) Developing an urban plan that fits the local features meticulously to sustain the culture of the watertown. The “Master Plan of the New City of Qingpu”, approved by the municipal government of Shanghai, clearly states that New City of Qingpu will be fully developed as a characteristic intermediate-size city with the connotation of “the culture of watertown” and “the culture of history”. It is envisioned that by the year 2020, it will be a multi-functional city with a population of 500,000 residents and an area of 53.8 km2. That is the purpose of “Qingpu, a green watertown, one of the best habitable city”. To fulfill this objective, the initiative will make the following changes: 1) Construct a habitable city; 2) Construct a sustainable development city; 3) Construct an ecological city; 4) Construct a city featuring native culture. Mobilization of resources has mainly been on three fronts: financial, technical and human. Financial resources were provided by state-run investment enterprises run by the district government and the municipal government of Shanghai. These funds were invested in infrastructure construction such as roads, sewage systems, and other public facilities. With improvement in infrastructure services, more investors are coming into Qingpu. Technical and human resources have been provided courtesy to long-term cooperation with organizations such as Tongji University, American SASAKI, MADA spam Designers, Suzhou Classical Architecture Company, etc. This has also been augmented by inviting renowned experts in architecture and culture such as Rem Koolhaas, Charles Correa, Isozaki Arata, Ruan Yisan, Zheng Shiling, Fen Jicai and Chen Danqing to Qingpu to share their technical expertise. District leaders from the
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