China might have found a solution to for their intense air pollution and smog problem, they will start by turning Nanjiing into a Vertical Forest.
China’s Nanjiing Vertical Forest Project project might be an easy and sustainable solution to the intense smog residents of the eastern Chinese city suffer from. On a scale from 0 to 500, 0 being the lowest and 500 the worst, China’s Nanjiing sports a 132 on the Air Quality Index.
With such high levels of pollution, people who live in the city are breathing in toxins by the second and are exposed to severe respiratory diseases.
However, the Italian design firm Stefano Boeri Architetti believe that they have the answer, a vertical forest.
The company recently announced the Nanjiing Vertical Forest Project on their website, saying that they will build two skyscrapers in the city, both covered in trees and shrubs.
Construction on the buildings, named Nanjing Green Towers, already began earlier this year and is scheduled to be completed by 2018. Design-wise, the two buildings are very similar to Boeri’s Milan Vertical Forest, and will be covered in a total of 1,100 trees and 2,500 cascading shrubs on their rooftops and balconies.
The company claims that the buildings will be “a real vertical forest”, and that they will not only help to regenerate local biodiversity, but will be absorbing 25 tons of CO2 each year and produce about 60 kilograms of oxygen every day.
Stefano Boeri Architetti have also working on a similar concept in Lausanne, Switzerland, which will be completed in early 2018.
The statement adds that Stefano Boeri Architects will create similar buildings “all over the world and in particular in other Chinese cities such as Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, Shanghai and Chongqing.”
Effective or not, they look really fascinating.