PUJIANG NEW TOWN:
Provisional notes on ecological urbanism
Fionn Byrne, "Pujinag New Town: Provisional Notes on Ecological Urbanism," in Dingliang Yang (ed) Shanghai Regeneration: Five Paradigms (Applied Research & Design, 2017) 62 - 81.
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As we being to recognize our era as firmly within the Anthropocene, longstanding Western notions of conservation will carry less relevance. In accepting our position as dominate drivers of climate and environmental change, the authenticity of non-human forces will be harder to identify. If, as Umberto Eco describes it, “America, a country obsessed with realism, where, if a reconstruction is to be credible, it must be absolutely iconic, a perfect likeness, a ‘real’ copy of the reality being represented,” then China’s alternative attitude to the copy may serve useful in understanding and accepting novel human designed landscapes.