Wondering how we can work to alleviate the effects of air pollution in our cities? Well, what if the cities themselves could absorb air pollution? Italian architectural firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed a smog-eating forest city to be constructed in Liuzhou in southern China.
The project will be a 342-acre, self-contained neighborhood and will be made up of more than 70 buildings—including homes, hospitals, hotels, schools and offices—all of which will be covered with 40,000 trees and almost a million plants. The forest city is expected to absorb almost 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants per year, while producing 900 tons of oxygen per year.
Air pollution has been a major concern in China in recent decades and the Chinese government is actively seeking ways to remedy the problem. Green-lighting major urban greening projects like the Liuzhou Forest City is just one of the ways that China is moving forward in the search for solutions to environmental pollution.
I think it will take a lot more than a few green architectural projects in a sea of conventional urban sprawl to make a major impact and change the world we live in for the better, but projects like Liuzhou Forest City are at least a step in the right direction.
If you are an architect or are hoping to become one someday, is there anything like this air pollution reducing city that you have worked on or would like to work on someday? Does this kind of project inspire you to design something for the future that can make our world a better place?