More than a million people die every year from air pollution in China. In an attempt to curb the production of toxic gasses, China is continuing to pave the way with the construction of one of the world's first 'forest cities'. Designed by Stefano Boeri, the city is currently under construction in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province.
Once completed, the new city will reportedly host 30,000 people and - thanks to the abundance of trees and plants - will absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2, 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen annually.
According to Mr Boeri's website, "The diffusion of plants, not only in the parks and gardens or along the streets, but also over building facades, will allow the energy self-sufficient city to contribute to improve the air quality (absorbing both CO2 and fine dust of 57 tons per year), to decrease the average air temperature, to create noise barriers and to improve the biodiversity of living species, generating the habitat for birds, insects and small animals that inhabit the Liuzhou territory."
China Begins Construction on the World's First Vertical Forest City pic.twitter.com/QVx5axtrzm
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The new Liuzhou Forest City will connect to the existing Liuzhou via a series of fast rail services and electric cars; it will also reportedly house a number of schools and two hospitals. There are also plans to make the city self-sustainable with regards to power, thanks to geothermal and solar energy resources.
The project was commissioned by the Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning and will be constructed in the north of Liuzhou along the Liujiang river. The construction of the green-city-in-the-making is currently underway and will be finished by 2020.
This isn’t Stefano Boeri Architetti’s first foray into green architecture. In 2014, the firm completed construction of the “Vertical Forest” in Milan. It is comprised of 110 and 76 metre high towers covered in over 20,000 plants.
Vertical Forest in Milan .............. pic.twitter.com/t1FOzGVKWF
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