HUMAN CONSTRUCTION AND NATURE NEED NOT COMPETE FOR SPACE WHEN TOMORROW COMES
BY Zoe Phoon Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
It’s no gimmick. A forest with birds, insects and small animals plus all its benefits is actually coming to a new city in Liuzhou, China.
Urban planners may want to take a leaf from this eco-conscious Liuzhou forest city development for better air quality and more.
Located in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Liuzhou comprises four urban districts. It is an industrial centre situated on the banks of the Liu River or Liujiang and experiences very humid conditions year round.
Reportedly, Liuzhou city’s smog levels are not yet dire but if not dealt with, the pollution can worsen over time.
Commissioned by the Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning department, Liuzhou forest city is Italian architect Stefano Boeri’s first such project in China.
Now under construction, the development is expected to take three years to complete and will have a capacity for 30,000 people.
This green metropolis will contain offices, residences, hotels, hospitals and schools covered with plants and trees.
The Liuzhou forest city masterplan follows Boeri’s vertical forest in Milan, Italy, that was completed in 2014, according to architecture and design digital magazine designboom.
The unveiling of similar projects is planned for China’s Nanjing and Switzerland’s Lausanne.
Scheduled to open in 2020, Liuzhou forest city is projected to produce about 900 tons of oxygen each year and absorb 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants annually.
Occupying 432 acres along Liu River, the new city will be linked to Liuzhou by a high speed rail line.
It will have a total of 40,000 trees and one million plants from more than 100 different species.
The diffusion of vegetation over the building facades is to improve air quality, lower the average air temperature, act as natural noise barriers and contribute to the region’s biodiversity by creating habitats for flora and fauna.
Rooftop solar panels will collect renewable energy while geothermal energy will be used to air-condition the forest city development.