In 2018, it is of the utmost importance that we devise more initiatives to lower dangerously high levels of pollution. But in a world where most of us drive cars and purchase factory-made products, this is a challenge.
Luckily, the urgency of the situation has forced political leaders to take action, for example, enforcing a fee on plastic bags in grocery stores in certain countries.
And now an even more revolutionary idea has been devised in order to fight pollution, and it involves creating the world’s very first “Forest City”. And trust me, the term “Forest City” is no exaggeration as the intention is that it will be a vision of all things green when it is completed.
It is currently being constructed in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China, and was designed by Italian architect, Stefano Boeri Architetti.
The goal is that Liuzhou Forest City, which will span 175 hectares, will eventually have the capacity to home 30,000 people. It will contain approximately 100 million plants of over 100 different species and 40,000 trees.
The plan is that the various plants will absorb up to 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants a year while producing 900 tons of oxygen.
Learn more about the project from Boeri himself in the video below:
As a result of the increase in oxygen and the reduction in pollutants, Forest City will help improve air quality in the area and lower the average air temperature.
Forest City will be self-sufficient and run on renewable energy sources such as geothermal and solar energy.
The city will be completely wired and contain residential areas, leisure areas, two schools and one hospital.
According to Stefano Boeri Architetti’s website, this is how Liuzhou Forest City will function when it is finally completed:
“Liuzhou Forest City will host in total 40,000 trees and almost one million plants of over 100 species. 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.”
“For the first time in China and in the world, an innovative urban settlement will combine the challenge for energy self-sufficiency and for the use of renewable energy with the challenge to increase biodiversity and to effectively reduce air pollution in urban areas – which is really critical for present-day China – thanks to the multiplication of vegetable and biological urban surfaces.
Right after the success of Vertical Forest in Milan – which is going to be replicated in many other parts of the world and in China in Nanjing, Shanghai and Shenzhen – with the Liuzhou Forest City project Stefano Boeri Architetti continues its researches for a new generation of architectures and urban environments that faces climate change, proposing new models for the future of our planet.”
And this isn’t the first environmentally-friendly, architectural project that Boeri has designed. Indeed, he also designed two vertical skyscraper “forests”.
He began the vertical forest project when he designed his first two “forest buildings” in Italy, then decided to take his work to Asia.
Boeri’s vision for a more sustainable and eco-friendly world is highly commendable, and it goes without saying that initiatives such as these should be given all the support needed to get them off the ground. The project, which was commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning, is expected to be completed by 2020.
Hopefully, all will run smoothly, especially when people start moving into the area, as it will give the rest of us hope for a better, greener future!