All too often, when new “green”, “sustainable”, or “smart” cities are created, they forget about the importance of location. No matter how green the building or infrastructure design might be, it doesn’t make up for destroying virgin wildlife habitat, or paving over productive farm land (are you listening, China?).
That’s not the case here, though. Clark Green City is not just green in design, it’s green in location. That’s because it’s actually restorative development. Rather than sprawling onto undeveloped land, this excellent project is cleaning-up and redeveloping the defunct U.S. Clark Air Base.
Actually, Clark Green City is a continuation of a redevelopment and reuse program for the old U.S. military installation. Clark Air Base is on Luzon Island in the Philippines, about 3 miles west of Angeles City, and 40 miles northwest of Manila. Clark was created in 1903, and closed in 1991. The central base comprised 14.3 square miles (37 km²), and had military reservation lands comprising an additional 230 square miles (596 km²).
The base was important in both World War II and the Vietnam War. After the Americans left in 1991, part of the base became the Clark International Airport, the Clark Freeport Zone, and the Air Force City of the Philippine Air Force. Now, Clark Green City is making use of an addtional parcel.
What’s more, thanks to a 3 million euro donation from the German government, Clark Green City will also host a regional climate change knowledge and training center, serving the 20 most climate-vulnerable (mostly island) nations. It’s called the South-South Center of Excellence for Climate Information and Services.
Source : http://revitalizationnews.com/article/defunct-us-air-base-being-redeveloped-into-philippines-1st-green-city/