I hesitate to post an article that makes the obvious point that “China is the future” but this article raises an very interesting point: The design of the new cities being built in Asia will determine how sustainable the world will be, not the old cities of North America and Europe.
Some astounding statistics from the article:
- Every day sees the construction of 20,000 new dwellings and 250km (160 miles) of new roads
- Energy consumption grew by 70% in the ten years to 2008 in Asia
The key message here is that once these new cities are built the pattern of future consumption for the people living in these cities will be set. Asia has chosen the same model of development that North America and Europe is now struggling to change. What is driving this model of development? Cost and a lack of urban planning.
The question then is: What would cause Asia to adopt a new (presumably more sustainable) model of development?