First ‘forest city’ under construction
The world’s first pollution-fighting green city is being built in China’s Liuzhou, in the Guangxi province.
Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the ‘forest city’ will be completely self sufficient and covered by almost 1 million plants and 40,000 trees - capable of absorbing almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants each year, as well as producing around 900 tons of oxygen.
The futuristic city, situated in the north of Liuzhou along the length of the Liujiang river, will span 175 hectares and, if deemed a success, is a model that has the potential to shape the future of urban design across the globe.
Around 30,000 people will live in the forest city; which will have buildings covered by approximately 100 species of plants. Designer Stefano Boeri’s previous works include a vertical forest residential building in Milan.
The green city will be entirely powered by geothermal and solar energy and will include residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, two schools and a hospital. It’s set to be completed by 2020.