China Begins Construction on First “Forest City” with Over 1 Million Plants and Trees

Liuzhou Forest City - Stefano Boeri

While his first vertical forest in Asia is set for completion in 2018, Italian architect Stefano Boeri‘s already moving toward a larger goal—a forest city. In Liuzhou, a mountainous area in southern China, Boeri will create an entire town, where the offices, shops, restaurants, and residences will be covered in greenery to fight air pollution.

Liuzhou Forest City has the capacity for 30,000 people and will be covered with 40,000 trees and 1 million plants. Over 100 species will be incorporated into the greenery, which is estimated to absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants a year. The city will also produce 900 tons of oxygen per year and the plants will act as a natural sound barrier and cooling agent.

Already under construction, the city is set for completion in 2020 and will be connected via a fast rail line with electric cars. Boeri's innovative, natural solution to environmental issues also benefits wildlife, as the plants are a natural habitat that will allow insect, birds, and animal populations to flourish.

“For the first time in China and in the world, an innovative urban settlement will combine the challenge for energy self-sufficiency and for the use of renewable energy with the challenge to increase biodiversity,” the firm shares, “and to effectively reduce air pollution in urban areas—which is really critical for present-day China—thanks to the multiplication of vegetable and biological urban surfaces.”

Stefano Boeri's Liuzhou Forest City will contain 40,000 trees and 1 million plants that will help fight air pollution.

Liuzhou Forest City - Stefano Boeri

Liuzhou Forest City - Stefano Boeri

Liuzhou Forest City - Stefano Boeri

Liuzhou Forest City - Stefano Boeri

Liuzhou Forest City - Stefano Boeri

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h/t: [Inhabitat, designboom]

All images via Stefano Boeri Architects.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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