lifestyle • 26 Jun, 2017
China’s Visionary New Forest City
World’s first ever ‘green city’ to be built in Liuzhou
A ‘Forest City’ covered in almost 1 million plants and 40,000 trees is to be built in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China.
Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti – the man behind Milan’s Vertical Forest Residential Building - the city is capable of absorbing up to 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants per year.
The 175- hectare city will host 30,000 people where all buildings are entirely covered in over 100 species of plants and powered entirely using sustainable energy.
The project is due for completion in 2020 and is being hailed as a landmark in urban planning, with hopes it will raise the bar for modern cities all over the globe.
The architects write: “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.”
Words by Rebecca Jones