China is in the midst of an air pollution crisis, and the country is not taking it easily. It is preparing to build the first ever forest city in the country.
Architect Stefano Boeri who is famous for his design of Bosco Verticale, the forest skyscraper in Milan, has already placed out the plans for the vertical forest building in Nanjing that is due to be completed in 2018. Now he announced plans for creating a few forest cities in China. The architect created blueprints for a city in Liuzhou that will be blanketed with greenery all over. The construction of the green city will begin at the end of this year.
The city of Liuzhou in the province of Guangxi inhabits 1.5 million residents. The second forest city is planned to be built in Shijiazhuang which is among the worst cities in China regarding air quality.
“We have been asked to design an entire city where you don’t only have one tall building but you have 100 or 200 buildings of different sizes, all with trees and plants on the facades. We are working very seriously on designing all the different buildings. I think they will start to build at the end of this year. By 2020 we could imagine having the first forest city in China,” says Boeri.
Just one forest building will suck an estimated total of 25 tons of carbon dioxide a year, so the entire city is expected to make a significant participation to the reduction of air pollution.