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Under construction: first Forest City for China

Liuzhou Forest City, Masterplan by Stefano Boeri Architetti © Stefano Boeri Architetti

The first Chinese Forest City by Stefano Boeri Architetti is turning into reality: A city where offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools are entirely covered by plants and trees. The innovative urban settlement will be energy self-sufficient.

The Master Plan by Stefano Boeri Architetti for a new green city that fights air pollution is now under construction. The Forest City will be built in the north of Liuzhou, in the southern part of China, along the Liujiang river. The city, entirely wired, will be connected to Liuzhou through a fast rail line used by electric cars and will host various residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, two schools and a hospital.

The innovation of Stefano Boeri Architetti’s project is the presence of plants and trees over every building, of all sizes and functions. Liuzhou Forest City will host in total 40,000 trees and almost 1 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, should 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 territory. The City will be completed by 2020.

 

Liuzhou Forest City, Masterplan by Stefano Boeri Architetti © Stefano Boeri Architetti

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