With Liuzhou Forest City a new generation of architectures will live in harmony with the environment and ensure a future to all life forms.
The construction of the first Chinese Forest City has started and it’s going to be completed in 2020. Commissioned by the Liuzhou Municipal Urban Planning, the project is designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the worldwide renown Italian studio. Among its achievements is the realization of the Vertical Forest of Milan, that received in 2015 the “Best Tall Building Worldwide” award for the world’s best skyscraper, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Liuzhou Forest City
Liuzhou Forest City will be built north of Liuzhou, in southern Guangxi province, an area of about 175 acres along the Liujiang River. Once completed, the city will be able to accommodate 30,000 people and absorb 10,000 tons of CO2, 57 tons of fine dust; moreover, it will produce about 900 tons of oxygen. All these thanks to the presence of 40,000 trees and 1 million plants, which will not only be along the avenues, but they will also enrich the walls of the buildings.
The new Forest City will include houses, offices, hotels, schools, hospitals, and also a rail line connecting the city of Liuzhou.
We are facing a colossal project that wants to fight air pollution with a new model of architecture. We are talking about a self-sufficient, energy-based city that uses renewable energy.
In fact, geothermal energy will be used for indoor air conditioning and, thanks to the widespread use of solar panels, a considerable amount of renewable energy will be at disposal.
Liuzhou Forest City presents itself as a green lung that, thanks to the huge amount of plants, will also help to improve the quality of the air; it will reduce the average temperature, and also the noise pollution by acting as a natural blanket and thus attenuating the sounds.
Liuzhou Forest City
A challenge for Boeri that seems to be crucial for contemporary China, which sees 14 million people each year leaving the countryside and pouring into cities with high pollution rates.
This kind of innovative architecture tends to grow upward, respecting landscape and space; it transforms itself into a forest while respecting the environment, ensuring in this way a future for all forms of life.
Cover photo. Prospects look at a model of the development at the Country Gardens’ Forest City showroom in Johor Bahru. Malaysia February 21, 2017. The picture was taken February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY