“A New Kind Of Community Grows in Shanghai”“A New Kind Of Community Grows in Shanghai” is a New York Times article that discusses a new green-focused urban project in Shanghai’s old French Concession neighborhood. The Jiashan Market development was created by Brearly Architects + Urbanists, an Australian based company that now has offices in China. The housing development was renovated from a textile factory with the use of sustainable building to create 8 low-rise buildings. The development features recycled wood, double-glazed windows and three rooftop gardens. This is an extremely interesting development because of the future impact it may have upon Shanghai and other Chinese cities. Rather than building with traditional methods, this is evidence that China is becoming increasingly green and sustainable. China’s air pollution has reached the highest on record over the past weekend, which makes green-focused projects extremely relevant. Similar eco-friendly initiatives are becoming necessary for the health of the nation; hopefully the Jiashan Market will be a template for future housing.
This article is also evidence for the booming economy in China. Rather than simply focusing on development, attention has been turned to long-term sustainability instead of the cheapest option.