BY Zoe Phoon
Firstly, let us clarify that the “Forest City” in this story is not to be confused with the Forest City development in Iskandar Malaysia, which is a joint-venture smart city project between a China-based and Malaysian development firm. (Read the latest on that project here).
This Forest City comes Hot on the heels after Italian architect Stefane Boeri announced plans for China’s first vertical forest, the Nanjing Towers in Nanjing Pukou district (see our earlier article), he created a masterplan for new cities in China that will be covered in greenery to fight air pollution.
The first implementation of nature-filled Forest City will be in Liuzhou city, home to a population of 1.5 million residents in Guanxi province. According to global news report, construction is expected to begin later this year.
Boeri told the Guardian that the architect firm has been asked to design “an entire city where you don’t only have one tall building but you have 100 or 200 buildings of different sizes, all with trees and plants on the facades”.
By year 2020, “we could imagine having the first Forest City in China”, he said.
Forest City is a scalable development following a petal formation. Each petal, which caters to a population of 20,000, can be scaled to include five petals in a single region, creating a flower-like formation centred on communal green space.
All buildings will be covered in trees and greenery to help suck tons of carbon out of the atmosphere, pump oxygen into the air, and provide soothing habitat to humans and native fauna.
Boeri hopes to build the second Forest City in Shijiazhuang, a city in Hebei that ranks among China’s worst for air quality.
Zoe Phoon is a business and lifestyle writer that can be reached at [email protected]