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This article presents concepts and synthesis of ecocity developments, using Hammarby Sjöstad in Sweden, Dongtan, Tianjin and Qingdao in China, Masdar in the United Arab Emirates and Treasure Island and Sonoma Mountain Village in California as case studies. An ecocity is a city or a part thereof that balances social, economic and environmental factors (triple bottom line) to achieve sustainable development and results in a minimal or no adverse ecological or carbon footprint. With exception of Dongtan, these ecocities are in various stages of development and realization. Dongtan’s development has stalled because of political reasons. Tianjin is a joint project of China and Singapore. Two developments, Masdar and Sonoma Mountain Village have applied for One Planet Living (OPL) community certification.

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