Deriving from the conceptual and practical diversity of eco-city initiatives, this project takes a critical stance on the highly accepted eco-city discourse as a path to urban sustainability. The contribution of eco-city practice to urban sustainability will be questioned through a discursive approach. Based on comparative case studies of Copenhagen Eco-Metropolis in Denmark and Taopu Eco-city in Shanghai, China, the project aims to investigate how eco-city becomes prevalent and hegemonic discourse in sustainable urban development policy, reveal how eco-city discourse is institutionalized in local planning process, and evaluate its contribution to sustainability. By taking discourse analysis, the project will provide an in-depth and nuanced understanding of eco-city initiatives and contribute to the development of reflexive policy-making for urban sustainability.
|Effective start/end date||01/01/2014 → 31/12/2015|