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China's "Forest City"

Postby BadgerJelly on July 17th, 2017, 11:21 am 

More than a million people die every year from air pollution in China, but now the country is fighting back with innovative solutions.

This is Italian architect Stefano Boeri’s colossal ‘forest city’ scheme - a newly built metropolis that will ‘eat’ its own toxic smog with one million plants and 40,000 trees.

The idea is to challenge preconceptions that urban density intensifies air pollution, by creating a new blueprint for city design that integrates plants into its construction.

100 different species of plants are planned to grow on balconies and roofs of the city’s skyscrapers, lining 175 hectares along the Liujiang River in Southern China.

The new green city in Liuzhou will reportedly host 30,000 people, with hospitals, schools and fast electic rail services all part of the construction.

The project was commissioned by the Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning and will be constructed in the north of Liuzhou along the Liujiang river.

The construction of the green-city-in-the-making is currently underway and will be finished by 2020.

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Re: China's "Forest City"

Postby Serpent on July 17th, 2017, 1:32 pm 

It looks wonderful.
Here is one in Milan, by the same architect There are also some projects in Copenhagen and elsewhere. Here is another nice one I love this stuff! Shoulda been an architect - woulda, too, if not for the math.

I saw a less ambitious version some years ago, but apparently, they were too expensive for most Chinese to live in, and too far from the jobs. So, I guess they've either grown a larger middle class, or better transportation system. You can't fault China for innovation. ...
which is very odd, given its traditionalist culture. Something positive must have come out of its political and economic upheavals of the past century.

Of course, we should all have been living in some version of a self-sustaining green community for at least 50 years already. The technology has been available; the logic was obvious. In fact, several very good green communities were built, even in the US, much longer ago. The profit margin wasn't high enough to keep them operating much past the designer's lifetime.
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