Obviously a big selling point for many developments is their proximity to amenities – how far people have to travel from their homes to eat, shop, work and have fun.

Here at BuzzBuzzHome, we feature no shortage of projects that are steps from all those wonderful things (Toronto’s Flaire Condos, Vancouver’s MC² and Calgary’s Pixel all come to mind as good examples) – but what if an entire city was within walking distance to everything?

That’s the idea behind the car-less “Great City” proposal from Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, who envision a 1.3-square-kilometre town in China that’s as environmentally-friendly as it is convenient.

“[Great City] will be a massive new development that is completely sustainable, affordable, and, most strikingly, car-less,” reads the Atlantic Cities’ analysis of the proposal. “The masterplan, which has been planned for 80,000 people, will be built around a massive transit hub at its center, with all destinations to be within a few minutes walk, a planning innovation that would make “Great City” China’s (and the world’s?) first pedestrian-only city.”

Great City would lie just outside Chengdu in China and be divided into several zones: 15 per cent of land for parks and green spaces, 60 per cent for construction, and 25 per cent for roads and walkways.

“Great City” would built around a mass transit hub that connects to Chengdu and the surrounding areas in minutes.

The development would use 48 per cent less energy, 58 per cent less water, 89 per cent less landfill waste and 60 percent less carbon dioxide than a town of comparable size.

“The distance between any location in the hyper-dense city to another will be only a 15 minute walk (or less),” the article reads. “This eliminates the need for cars, as the town is also built around a mass transit hub that connects to Chengdu and surrounding areas in minutes. The surrounding green buffer is laden with pedestrian and bike paths that weave in and out of the landscape and through the city core.”

The hope is that the city could be finished by 2021 and house approximately 30,000 families, totaling 80,000 people.

For a closer look at the proposal and a few more renderings of the plan, be sure to read the Atlantic Cities article in its entirety here.

All images from smithgill via the Atlantic Cities.

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