China has found a ground-breaking solution to tackle its notorious air pollution issues – an entire city covered with plants and trees. Almost one million of them, in fact.
The new ‘Forest City’, currently being built in southern China’s Guangxi Province, would be home to 30,000 people once it’s completed in 2020.
In the highly ecological community, homes, offices, hotels, hospitals and schools would be entirely covered by a wide range of shrubs and floral plants, along with 40,000 trees.
The pioneering Liuzhou Forest City would be located in a beautiful Karst landscape by the Li River. It’s custom-built by the Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning and is designed by Italian firm Stefano Boeri Architetti.
Occupying 432 acres, the Liuzhou Forest City is roughly half of the size of the Central Park in New York.
According to the plan, it would be connected to the Liuzhou city centre by a fast railway with electric trains. The area itself is all set to contain residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, two schools and a hospital.
The sustainable city would be covered in 40,000 trees and almost one million plants of over 100 species, which are expected to improve the area’s air quality by leaps and bounds.
According to Stefano Boeri Architetti, the greenery could absorb around 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year, equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide 1,961 cars would emit for a year.
It’s also expected to take in 57 tons of pollutants and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen per year. The latter would be enough for one person to breathe for about 95 years.
What’s more? The vertical green belts should decrease the average air temperature, create noise barriers and improve the biodiversity of living species.
Milan-based Stefano Boeri Architetti has previously designed similar nature-abundant towers in Italy, Belgium and China.
In 2014, the firm built two residential towers in central Milan, called ‘Vertical Forest’, at the Isola neighborhood.
The two high-rise buildings, 110 metres (360 feet) and 76 metres (250 feet) tall, are wrapped in 900 trees from three metres (10 feet) to nine metres (30 feet) tall, as well as over 20,000 plants.
Good luck, China!