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Short movie made by Archa International, with images from the project “Ecocity Caofeidian, the first city of the third millennium”, by Architect Pier Paolo Maggiora, Archa, Turin, Italy. The city will be built in Caofeidian, Tangshan, China.

(Breve video realizzato da ArchA International, che vi propone numerose immagini tratte dal progetto “Ecocity Caofeidian, la prima città del terzo millennio”, realizzato da Pier Paolo Maggiora, dello studio ArchA di Torino. La città sarà realizzata nella zona di Caofeidian, città di Tangshan, Cina).

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The official Tangshan city web site – — published the following information about the “development and Construction of Tangshan Caofeidian Eco-City, 13/06/2008.

I. Project Name
project of Comprehensive Development and Construction of Tangshan Caofeidian Eco-City.

II. Project Contents
Caofeidian Eco-City is planned to construct in the east of Caofeidian New Area with modernization city function and residential environment, which can satisfy the top-grade service demand.

The area of 80 km2 is planned for near-term construction and 150 km2 for the long-term use, among which 30 km2 is planned for the eco-city site of sino-foreign cooperative construction by Tangshan Government.

III. Market Analysis
It must result in the fast increase of population and material assets that all sorts of industries assemble rapidly in Caofeidian New Area.

By 2010, the area will have the population of 300,000 and being a treasure concourse of famous enterprises from home and abroad especially those in port logistics industry, heavy chemical industry and equipment manufacture industry etc, by which forms consequentially the top-grade consumption and service demand.

As the demonstration area of scientific development, an eco-city construction is imperative for the development harmoniously requirement between human being and society.

IV. Construction Conditions
In the central position between Jingtang Port and Caofeidian Port, the eco-city has a distance of 5km from Caofeidian port to the west, 25km from Jingtang Port to the east, 80km from Tangshan as its mother city and 220km from Beijing.

The advanced transportation network has been formed by expressways, freight railways and intercity railways.

At same time, the site for Caofeidian International Airport is planned in advance in long-term coastal layout.

At present, some of infrastructure projects have been starting including coastal highway project through the whole coastal area of Tangshan, coast defence project, power and water supplying projects, sea-water desalination project, alkaline land melioration project, environment protection project and marine reclamation project etc, which create good external environment for starting Caofeidian Eco-city construction.

V. Economic Benefit Analysis

By using of 1100km2 of waste land and shallows in the coastal area of Tangshan, the construction of the eco-city will neither occupy any farmland nor involve land takeover and residence relocation, with the reclamation cost of US$161,400/ha.

VI. Cooperation Mode
The cooperation is mainly based on intergovernmental cooperation over all, among which some single projects is permitted to cooperate between enterprises in the modes of join venture or cooperative operation.

VII. Liaison
Investment Promotion & Liaison Division of Tangshan Municipal Bureau of Commerce
Add: No.14, Meiyi Road, Tangshan City, Hebei Province, China
Postcode: 063000 Tel/Fax:00-86-315-2821720
Website: E-mail:

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(articolo pubblicato in lingua inglese sul sito “,, economy & finance“, notizia riprese e tradotta da un articolo del sole 24 ore dell’8 maggio 2008).

The investment will exceed 1.2 billion euros, net of the value of the property, and is expected to rise another 20-40% according to the solutions chosen to obtain the maximum environmental sustainability.

The Laguna Verde project that will create, at Settimo Torinese, on the northern border of the main city in Piedmont, a futuristic city and totally elevated will be characterized by tall towers.

A sort of third millennium San Gimignano which will replace the industrial area that is already partly dismantled and partly abandoned, just as for the Pirelli factory that, by 2010, will be merged with the Group’s second productive unit, again in Settimo, and aimed at transforming the most technologically advanced Pirelli factory in the world.

Pier Paolo Maggiora, the architect heading the Studio ArchA, which realised the concept, assures us that it is not a dream, but a reality that is destined to become concrete in just a few months.

All it takes is reading the names of the list of owners of the areas involved – and they are the ones that established the promotion committee Laguna Verde, asking Maggiora to realize the concept – to realize the seriousness of the project: Pirelli Tyre, Aree Urbane (Pirelli), IPI, Intesa San Paolo, Sefas, Edison, Global Locafit. And this is aside from the part of the area in the Settimo municipality.

But the Committee represents only the first phase. Successively, a specific company will have to be established with the participation of foreign partners.

The total surface area in question covers 815 thousand square metres and, at the end of the operation, should offer 320 thousand square metres of public green space while, again in the area reserved for the public, will have 5 thousand parking spaces (to which 8,300 private parking spaces will be added), an 60 thousand square metre island for research, a sporting structure (15 thousand square metres), a swimming pool, a school (25 thousand square metres) and a museum (12 thousand square metres).

Private investors, on the othe4r hand, will have 650 thousand square metres of walking area, of which 50% will be dedicated to residences, 19% to commercial activities, 17% to research and productive initiatives, 7% to the third sector and directional activities and the remaining 7% for leisure time.

The structure itself explains the name Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon). Some compact islands w ill also be made (16 just for the residential part) which will emerge from a lagoon made of parks and gardens.

The green areas” – explains Maggiora – “will be on two floors. The first floor, natural and horizontal, represents the continuity between the green highway north of Turin, of roughly 3 million square metres, and the park along the Po River towards the hills to the east”.

This is why the buildings will be elevated, so that the green present will live alongside the structures instead of being removed.

(Sole 24 Ore – May 8)

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