Technology giant Tencent has revealed plans for a new sustainable futuristic city in Shenzhen, China the size of Monaco, reported CNN. Called "Net City," the 2-million-square-meter (22-million-square-foot) development will almost be car-free and will be sprawling with green spaces.
The site is designed to primarily serve Tencent but the American firm behind the master plan NBBJ hopes that its many new amenities including a waterside promenade will attract many visitors. Net City will be accessible to the rest of Shenzhen and the world via road bridges, ferries and the city's subway system.
"It's definitely a destination (and has) a civic component," Jonathan Ward, a design partner at NBBJ, told CNN. "It's not meant to be an isolated, secure island -- it's a vibrant city. People will walk through it, they'll connect ... and it will be a vital hub for Shenzhen."
Ward also added that in designing the new city within a city the firm was able to rethink the car's role. "Our main goal was to provide a place where innovation can really flourish," he explained. "To do that, we tried to minimize the impact of the car as much as possible."
"Going 'car-free' is still a little bit challenging in our world, so we spent a lot of time designing the city to be as low-impact as possible, removing (cars from) where they don't need to be and focusing on people."
The city centers around a "green corridor" designed for buses, bikes and autonomous vehicles, getting rid of what Ward called "unnecessary" traffic.
Throughout the city, there is also a clear focus on environmental sustainability with rooftop solar panels and systems for capturing and reusing wastewater implemented everywhere. It is estimated that the city will take around seven years to complete and that its dozens of individual buildings will be designed by different architectural firms. We can't wait to see what it will look like when it's done!