Located in the mountainous region of Guangxi, China is a new city under construction that will be defined by its environmentally efficient structures covered top-to-bottom in plants and trees in order to fight air pollution.
Designed by Milan-based firm Stefano Boeri Architetti, the new ground-up city dubbed Liuzhou Forest City, will accommodate up to 30,000 people in a master plan for sustainable growth in China.
Essential typologies of a modern city -- offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools -- housed within a 175 hectare site near the Liujiang River will comprise the modern city's vertical forest system, as the facades of each building will be covered in plant life, with a total of 40,000 trees and nearly 1 million plants from over 100 species -- helping absorb carbon out of the atmosphere, pump oxygen into the air, and provide a soothing habitat overall.
In addition, each building has been designed for energy self-sufficiency, with geothermal systems providing interior air conditions and rooftop solar panels offering a renewable energy source. Transportation to downtown Liuzhou will also utilize efficiency means, including a high-speed rail line and electric vehicles.
The project is currently underway and it's expected to be completed in 2020.
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