NZ mayors eye French eco-district [fr]
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester attended the CityLab conference in Paris from October 22-24, and took advantage of their visit to see the Clichy-Batignolles eco-district being built in the capital.
The Clichy-Batignolles eco-district will include living areas, large green spaces, offices and close to 3400 homes in an urban environment with a small environmental footprint thanks to the use of smart architecture and the use of environmentally-friendly materials.
This innovative project is framed by Parc Monceau, the Bois de Boulogne and several public squares, and will include the new Paris Courthouse.
Its innovative features include pneumatic waste collection, rainwater recovery systems and biodiversity protection measures. Residents will also benefit from its proximity to public transport links.
The project is in line with the French Government’s climate plan and the City of Paris’ biodiversity plan and has been a source of inspiration for cities around the world.
New Zealand journalists Jamie Morton and Simon Wilson have also related their experiences of the Clichy-Batignolles development and other French urban sustainability innovations in articles published earlier this year.