In Southern China, Liuzhou – an industrial city in the Guangxi Zhuang province – is getting a new green neighbor. Italian architect, Stefano Boeri, has announced plans to grow a forest city encompassing 40,000 trees and one million plants comprising 100 different species. The plants are planned to grow on balconies and roofs of the city’s skyscrapers, lining 175 hectares along the Liujiang River.

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Skyscrapers covered with plants and trees in the envisioned Forest City / Dezeen

Boeri’s concept, Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, is set to challenge the theories stating that urban density intensifies air pollution; his concept argues that it’s just about urban design. Boeri aims to provide sustainable high-density housing for a population of 30,000 and office space in urban areas, while helping to depollute the surrounding environment by filtering dust particles from the air and absorbing carbon dioxide. It is estimated that the forest will absorb nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants per year, while producing around 900 tons of oxygen.

With a plan to complete the city by 2020, Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning commissioned Boeri’s firm to design a sustainable complex, using a geothermal source for air-conditioning and solar roof panels to collect renewable energy. The forest city will also feature a fast rail line used by electric cars.

The smog settled in Beijing and other cities’ skyline affects the lives of millions people. Nanjing University’s School of the Environment published a study that linked smog to 31.8% of all deaths in China. Major cities in Hebei, the province that encircles Beijing, rank among the worst. Boeri’s concept is one of many that aim to rescue China from the smog that plagues its skyline. From projects to introduce smog-sucking bicycles in Beijing to rings and towers – The Netherlands’ Studio Roosegaarde has been producing projects under the umbrella of the Smog Free Project.

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