The first City-Forest against pollution will be built in China, specifically in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. Commissioned by the Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning, the mammoth and ambitious project will be carried out by the Italian firm Stefano Boeri Architetti, who has already under his charge various "green" projects such as the vertical wood of Milan or the vertical forests of Nanjing.
Once completed, the city will host 30,000 inhabitants who will live surrounded by 40,000 trees and a million plants, for a total of over 100 species.
It is no coincidence that this project sees China as one of the most polluted and polluting countries in the world: the huge number of trees and plants will in fact be able to absorb 10 thousand tons of carbon dioxide, 57 tons of agents pollutants and produce about 900 tons of oxygen each year.
Liuzhou Forest City faces the challenge of being the first fully self-sufficient urban settlement in terms of energy and with a virtually total exploitation of renewable energy. From conditioning to lighting, everything will be powered by solar panels or with geothermal power plants.
Plants and trees will arise on every single structure of the settlement, whatever its size. This will benefit the quality of the air but will also attract many animal species that will reinforce the fauna of the area.
After the worrying analysis on the environmental impact that the growing Chinese economy is having on the territory, it seems that we are realizing that it is necessary to adopt sustainable alternatives in order to give the planet the future it deserves.
If the experiment, which should come to fruition in 2020, will bear fruit, many other cities around the world could decide to adopt it and transform (or transform a portion of territory) into a lush and healthy forest.