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Chinese executive says huge, tall, ‘green’ buildings the way to go

The way to go is up.

Saying land shortages in cities are becoming more and more a grave problem along with urban transportation, a Chinese executive says it's time cities are brought together to "stretch for the sky" in order to "save cities and save the earth."

His name is Zhang Yue, quoted recently in a story by Reuters.

"We must eliminate most traffic and we must reduce our dependency on roads and transportation," Mr. Zhang told Reuters.

Mr. Zhang himself heads Chinese company Broad Group which plans to build "Sky City," an ambitious project that will stand 10 meters tall than Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world's tallest building.

More than that, they plan to have it completed by January, 2013, merely months from now. It is estimated to cost around $628 million.

Sky City is a planned 838-meter-tall building in Changsha, Hunan Province, which will contain 1,000,000 square meters of functional floor space and 200 floors to be connected by 104 elevators. Also, the building is planned to hold schools, a hospital and 17 helipads, all for servicing nearly 30,000 people.

As reported by CNN, the "Sky City One" project will save energy by consuming only one-fifth of the power required in a conventional building. Features include four-paned windows, external solar shading and a 15-centimeter glass curtain wall insulation.

Mr. Zhang said the tower can fix many of the world's pollution, congestion, transportation and even disease problems by completely purifying the tower's air.

The company said the swift construction will be mainly because of prefabrication. Materials for the building are assembled in a factory, unlike in conventional construction where the assembling of materials is carried out on the construction site. About 95 percent of the building parts will be pulled together in modular form before the actual construction.

The company said it will begin erecting the building in November 2012 after approval is granted by the Chinese government. – C. Dominguez

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