The city will be 100% sustainable, will receive more than 40,000 trees and one million plants of different species
Sustainable cities are those that adopt effective practices to improve the population's quality of life while developing economically. All this, of course, trying to preserve the environment as much as possible.
Although there are currently several cities in Brazil and in the world that adopt ecologically correct practices, there is still no place that can be considered 100% sustainable. Well, at least so far.
The world's first forest city
China is building what will soon become the world's first "forest city". The project is in the hands of the Italian architect Stefano Boeri, also responsible for the construction of the sensational Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), a pair of residential towers in milan.
Now, the challenge is different: the team is putting into practice the project of an entire city covered by plants, self-sufficient in energy and where air pollution can be greatly reduced.
Forest City, as it was nicknamed, will be built in the north of Liuzhou, in the mountainous region of Guangxi, in the south of the country, and can house up to 30 thousand people. Like anywhere else, the green municipality it will have hospitals, schools, offices, homes and hotels – all, of course, as sustainable as possible. A fast rail line will also link the green city to Liuzhou.
In an area of 175 hectares, the city will receive more than 40 thousand trees and up to a million plants of different species. The idea goes far beyond a mere aesthetic whim: vegetation, when placed on the facade of buildings and constructions, will improve air quality, cool interior spaces and also create natural barriers against possible urban noise.
Forest City is also expected to be able to produce up to 900 tons of oxygen within a year, in addition to absorbing more than 50 tons of pollutants and 10,000 tons of CO2. The green city will also contribute to the local biodiversity, generating habitats for small animals and insects.
If the project succeeds, it will be an ecological advance not only for the China, but for the world. The country is one of the biggest emitters of pollutants on the planet and has been carrying out massive actions to overcome the problem. Forest City is expected to be ready in 2020.
Well, we hope this is just the first of many forest towns out there.
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