Philippines envisions green smart city to combat pollution
Illustration courtesy of New Clark City
Communities around the world are looking for ways to fight pollution.
Wising up to the threat posing potential health hazards to residents, cities like the Philippine capital of Manila see the development of a smart city as the solution.
Manila is considered the world’s most densely populated city, with severe traffic congestion that contributes to substantial smog and other pollution and environmental hazards.
By creating a new community that is green and resilient, developers hope to clear the air through innovative approaches and strategies that make environmentally challenged areas more livable and set an example that other cities can follow.
New Clark City, considered Manila’s twin city, is taking shape in Central Luzon, about 75 miles from Manila at a former U.S. military base, reports Inhabitat. The two communities will be connected by a rail system.
The $14 billion New Clark development is expected to be larger size-wise than Manhattan and house to up to two million people. Government and private investments are funding the new city, the bulk of which is expected to be completed by 2020 and fully developed within 30 years.
The Philippine government, which will move many of its office and thousands of works to New Clark, aims to have eight mid-rise government buildings and 8,000 housing units in the city by the end of 2023. The Department of Transportation has already moved to Clark.
With thousands of residents and workers in New Clark, how will it avoid the same problems facing Manila? Green design and smart technologies.
Two-thirds of the city’s land will be used for green space and agriculture. Energy monitoring systems and renewable energy sources will be incorporated throughout to boost efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Officials anticipate widespread use of autonomous cars will further reduce current and future congestion and help keep air quality at the World Health Organization’s recommended safe levels. Currently, Manila’s air pollution levels are currently 70 percent higher than WHO’sendorsed rates.