eco-city design

walkable centres

shared space or separation


efficient buildings

public transport

why the trolleybus

road layout

car-lite districts



sustainable farming


quality of life


Walkable Centres

The Best of City Life

Living in a city with 150,000 other people gains you access to amenities that could never be made available in the countryside:  cinemas, theatres, museums, art galleries, libraries, restaurants, coffee shops, swimming pools, bowling alleys, roller discos, bars, nightclubs...  The list goes on.

And in this city at least, you get excellent public transportation.

By mixing in retail, offices, and, where possible, light industry with residences, all areas of the city are occupied 24/7, helping to reduce crime, and making it a real, breathing city.

The Best of Country Life

But by dividing the city into districts, you also get to live in a community of about 4,300 people – effectively a large village.

Eco-city district

At 600 metres across, these districts are built on the human scale.  It takes about 4 minutes to walk from the edge of a district to its centre where the transport halt and the majority of shops are located.

Equally, the countryside is only ever a 4 minute walk away.

And since these districts are fully pedestrianised, then instead of the fumes and engine noise and horns and danger of other cities, here you get fresh air, quiet, and streets safe for children.

A city is more civilised not when it has highways, but when a child on a tricycle is able to move about everywhere with ease and safety.

 - Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá

City Centre

The central district is larger at 950m across, increasing the walk from its edge to the transport hub at its centre to just over 6 minutes.

Eco-city centre

It is also much more vertical, with apartments and offices located above ground floor retail.

If the outer districts are eco-villages, then the central district is a whole pedestrian eco-town unto itself.