In Liuzhou, Guangxi Province, China, construction of the world's first “forest city” is already beginning, as part of its plans to end environmental pollution.
The green city will house some 30,000 people and its design is the work of the Stefano Boeri Architetti team, which develops ecological projects around the world.
The Liuzhou Municipality's environmental planning department commissioned the design of 174 hectares destined to be transformed into this futuristic city that will be located along the Liujiang River, north of the city.
It will have buildings covered in green, including almost a million plants of more than one hundred species, in addition to forty thousand trees. All this vegetation together will absorb almost ten thousand tons of carbon dioxide and fifty-seven tons of pollutants, producing about nine hundred tons of oxygen per year.
As a result, Forest City will help lower average air temperatures, improve local air quality, create noise barriers, create habitats, and enrich the region's biodiversity.
The green city of Liuzhou will also be self-sufficient and will be powered by renewable energy sources, such as geothermal and solar. It will be completely interconnected and its activities will include commercial zones, residential areas, recreational spaces, a hospital and two schools. Its connectivity with the rest of the city will include a fast rail for electric transport.
This project is of great importance in China, and if it is successful it will be a model for other green cities inside and outside the country. Its construction is expected to finish in 2020.