Ecopolis China

When one billion rural Chinese move to cities, our planet will change irreversibly. Finnish professor Eero Paloheimo and Chinese business magnate Zhang Yue are going to save the world by reinventing the city. Their utopias are very different: Zhang plans to build the tallest and most ecological building on Earth, an eco-city in the shape of a skyscraper, built at world record speed. Paloheimo has designed a unique clean-tech test laboratory city, and struggles to get it built in a flourishing valley outside Beijing. Is the future of urban mankind in the cherry valleys of China or high up in the sky?

Director's Biography
Anna-Karin Grönroos, born 1980 in Finland, graduated with a BA from Arcada University of Applied Science in 2004 and has since worked as a journalist, screenwriter, director and editor for Finnish TV. Many of her earlier documentaries were about the past and future in urban planning of her home town, Helsinki. // Films (selected): NÄIN TEHTIJN ETUINJAN EDESSÄ (The Making of Beyond Enemy Lines, 2004, short doc), SEND ME A LETTER (2006, short doc), FÖRSTA ÅRET (The First Year, 2009, short doc), ECOPOLIS CHINA (2013, doc)
Architektur und Gesellschaft | Architecture and Society 2014
Anna-Karin Grönroos
Finland 2013
59 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Cinematography Anna-Karin Grönroos
Editing Mikko Sippola
Music Ville Riippa
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