A groundbreaking project has just begun in China, where the first ever pollution fighting city is being built. This city is a revolutionary step that has been commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban planning for the north of Liuzhou along the Liujiang River. With the hopes of a better future, this forest city could be the start of a worldwide design project if successful that could change the way we live.
The forest city will be 175-hectares, hosting a total of 30,000 people in a self-sufficient community. The city itself will be home to around a million plants, covering everything from the walls to the floors in over 100 different species of plant and around 40,000 trees! The influx in trees and plants will help to clean the air, absorbing an incredible quantity of both CO2 and fine dust, creating air of high quality. The aim is to create a self-sufficient city run by geothermal and solar energy that doesn’t destroy the environment but helps it.
The architects behind the initiative are from Stefano Boeri Architetti, with Stefano taking the lead on the project. An incredible architect, Stefano Boeri is known for his innovative designs of buildings and open spaces in urban areas – particularly those in need of regeneration or redevelopment. This includes a similar smaller-scale project completed in Milan named the ‘Vertical Forest’, a residential building (pictured above).
The architects commented: “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 Liuzhour territory.”
Within the city, there will be a total of two schools, a hospital and residential areas, as well as a plethora of commercial and recreational spaces. This city should be an incredibly beautiful area that inspires other towns and cities to follow suit, making an effort to save our beloved environment.
It is hoped that the project will be completed and fully livable by 2020. If you want to read more about this incredible project and see a few images of what the outcome might look like, visit Stefano Boeri Architetti’s website here. We can’t wait to see the final results and hope that one day, an innovation like this will be brought across to the UK so that we too can make a change for the better.
With air pollution being a hot topic in the current climate, it is of paramount importance that we are all making a conscious effort to help the wonderful environment that we live in, rather than harming it. Although you may not be able to build an entirely self-sufficient forest city, small changes can make a big difference. Plant a tree in your garden, or have pot flowers on your windowsill, grow a wildflower garden and try to reduce your waste, all of these small efforts make up a part of the bigger picture. If everyone in the UK made these few changes today, we could have a much better future ahead of us!
If you are interested in eco-living, take a look at our treehouse holidays in the UK where you can enjoy a taste of what living in an all-natural environment could be like. Who knows, maybe this will inspire you to re-think your current living situation and build your own self-sufficient treehouse home!
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