China has commenced construction of the world’s first “Forest City” as part of the country’s larger efforts to fight pollution and become greener.
Located in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, the ambitious project will result in a new city of 30,000 people built upon a 175-hectare swathe of land along the Liujiang River.
The city is a joint venture by Stefano Boeri Architetti Milan and Shanghai Tongyan Architectural and Planning Design company.
China Begins Construction on the World's First Vertical Forest City pic.twitter.com/QVx5axtrzm
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Stefano Boeri Architetti provided the master plan for the project. According to the official site, the Liuzhou Forest City will host 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants of over 100 species.
This vegetation will cover every building in the city and absorb an estimated 10,000 tonnes of CO2 and 57 tonnes of pollutants per year. Furthermore, it will produce approximately 900 tonnes of oxygen.
The city will run on renewable energy sources and be connected to Liuzhuo via an electric rail line. It is slated for completion sometime in 2020.
This isn’t Stefano Boeri Architetti’s first foray into green architecture. In 2014, the firm completed construction of the “Vertical Forest” in Milan. It is comprised of 110 and 76 metre high towers covered in over 20,000 plants.
Vertical Forest in Milan ………….. pic.twitter.com/t1FOzGVKWF
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With all the bad news we hear about the environment, it’s nice to see something positive for a change. It’s even better when that news comes from a country that has historically been a terrible polluter.
Since U.S. President Donald Trump officially dumped Mother Earth (“she is a 6 at best”), China has continued to take up the reigns as a global leader in green technology.
Last month, we reported that China had switched on the world’s largest floating solar farm, noting that although it wasn’t producing that much power it was nice to see China moving in the right direction.
In early 2017, The New York Times reported that the Chinese government plans to spend more than $USD360 billion on renewable energy by 2020.
Aside from helping to prolong our time on Earth, there are myriad other benefits to this. Such projects will reduce some of the toxic air that envelops China, improve the economy and boost China’s standing as a world leader.
Hey Trump (and Turnbull), how’s that coal working out for you?