The buildings, which will run about 350 meters along the Liujang River, will be beaten between the plants and under the tallest trees. The city will include a post office, apartments, hotels, schools and, above all, more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees.
The main purpose of all this vegetation is to reduce the pollution of the city, which often results in gray fog, and to produce oxygen. In fact, the plants absorb the pollution residues that form the fog and, by photosynthesis, release carbon dioxide during the day. If the plan works, the trees will absorb 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutant residues each year, while producing 900 tons of oxygen, according to Mashable.
Stefano Boeri Architects
Cities and green towers for one of the biggest polluter of the world
And it’s not just that! Larger trees will be used to create shaded areas in the summer and to isolate the heat from the homes during the winter months to reduce the energy consumption of city dwellers. Designers also hope that reintegrating the city into the natural world will allow the flora and fauna to be reborn near homes.
However, the Italian company that builds the city, Stefano Boeri Architetti, does not specify the impact that the felling of the trees for the needs of the building site and the installation of the inhabitants will have on animals, and it is likely that these facilities are synonymous with new encroachments of human activities on the forest.
Green towers will also be built- Stefano Boeri Architetti
Liuzhou is not the first green city in China. Also designed by Stefano Boeri Architteti, two towns near Nanjing (east of the country), are also under construction. Asked by Mashable, the Italian firm said China has also commissioned the design of several green towers, to absorb pollution in cities such as Shanghai, Beijing or Guizhou.
China, well aware of the dangers for its cities to climate change, is starting a shift towards genetic transition. However, three green cities and a few towers seem little for one of the biggest polluters on the planet.