Pandemics be damned! China’s ‘smart city’ is where it’s at

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Pandemics be damned! China’s ‘smart city’ is where it’s at

Barcelona-invented Chinese city to rival Silicon Valley means people will never have to leave the house

Colin Freeman

A new “smart city” in China is to have a state-of-the-art neighbourhood designed to cope with a future pandemic.

Architects working on Xiong’an, a metropolis outside Beijing, have been commissioned to make blocks of flats specially equipped to allow residents to continue to function under lockdown conditions.

Each flat comes with a large balcony to allow access to the outdoors and communal work areas big enough to maintain social distancing. Vegetable gardens, greenhouses and rooftop solar power will help residents maintain self-sufficiency in the event of large-scale disruptions to food chains and electricity supplies...

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