With such limited space, how can cities be designed to feature more greenery? China is thinking outside the box: vertically.
Construction has begun of China’s first ‘forest city’. It will see offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools entirely covered by plants and trees.
The Liuzhou Forest City, being built in southern China, is designed to help tackle the country’s ongoing air pollution crisis. The foliage is expected to absorb 57 tonnes of airborne pollutants, and produce around 900 tonnes of oxygen every year.
Designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, greenery will cover every building, with a total of 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants of more than 100 species. The city will host a population of 30,000.
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