- China’s first forest city will have more than 40 000 trees
- It will be self-sufficient with a host of environmental benefits
China is to get its first forest city — 175 hectares of trees, shrubs, and plants that cover the buildings and form vertical forests – in Liuzhou, in Guangxi, a mountainous region in northern China.
In response climate change, the Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning commission sought a way to negate its negative effects. Stefani Boeri Architects has been appointed to design the Liuzhou Forest City which is set to be completed in 2020.
The Liuzhou Forest City, located next to Liujiang Lake, is expected to have a population of at least 30 000 people, who will make use of homes, schools, offices, hospitals and other public services in the area. The area will be almost entirely covered in greenery, which will be an essential structural part of the city. The city will be so green that it will be difficult to separate the urban centre from its green counterparts at a birds-eye view.
The Liuzhou Forest City will be the first “zero impact, autonomous urban agglomeration” and is intended to be entirely self-sufficient. The city will use geothermal energy for temperature regulation within the buildings and a solar powered system will be installed on roofs. Inhabitants can travel between Liuzhou city and the new centre by electric train.
The self-sufficient city will provide a host of environmental benefits. The more than 40 000 trees and one million plants of varying species will improve air quality through absorbing 57 tons of carbon dioxide and producing 900 tons of oxygen annually.
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