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China/Sustainable Design

China's first eco-village development off to slow start

Several years ago, U.S. architect Bill McDonough and Deng Nan, the daughter of China's former leader Deng Xiaoping, sat down and developed the idea behind the Huangbaiyu eco-village -- a rural development about 10 miles outside of Benxi that would reflect McDonough's "Cradle to Cradle" sustainability principles. Three years later, only two homes are inhabited. What went wrong? And what are the future plans for this eco-village? This E&ETV Special Report explores Hunagbaiyu's sustainable development.