Stefano Boeri

World's First Vertical Forest City

Stefano Boeri

World's First Vertical Forest City

Stefano Boeri

Stefano Boeri, born in 1956, studied architecture at Politecnico in Milan where he graduated in 1980. In 1989 he received his PhD from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV), in Venice.

He is an architect based in Milan, with his studio Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra, 1998- 2008) and Stefano Boeri Architetti (since 2008). From 2014 he also leads an office in Shanghai, in partnership with Yibo Xu. Studio is committed to the research and practice of contemporary architecture and urbanism nationally and internationally.

Stefano Boeri has predominantly focused on the design of buildings and open spaces for European urban areas requiring regeneration or redevelopment. He has thus undertaken and carried out a series of projects regarding the transformation and re-use of several waterfronts (Marseille, Doha, Genoa, Naples, Trieste, Thessaloniki, Mytilene, La Maddalena, etc.) and urban interventions (Milan, Rome, Moscow, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Qingdao, Marseille, Astana, Venice, Bolsen and others).

Stefano Boeri

The Master Plan by Stefano Boeri Architetti for a new green city that fights air pollution is now under construction in #China. The Liuzhou Forest City is commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning.

The first Chinese Forest City by Stefano Boeri Architetti is turning into reality. A city where offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools are entirely covered by plants and trees.

Once completed, the new city will host 30,000 people, absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year and produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen.

Liuzhou Forest City will be built in the north of Liuzhou, in the mountain area of Guangxi, in the southern part of China; in an area that covers 175 hectares along the Liujiang river.

The new green city, entirely wired, will be connected to Liuzhou through a fast rail line used by electric cars and will host various residential areas, commercial and recreational spaces, two schools and a hospital.

Liuzhou Forest City will have all the characteristics of an energy self-sufficient urban establishment: geothermal energy for interior air-conditioning and solar panels over the roofs for collecting renewable energy.

The great innovation of Stefano Boeri Architetti’s project is the presence of plants and trees over every building, of all sizes and functions.

Liuzhou Forest City will host in total 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants of over 100 species.

The diffusion of plants, not only in the parks and gardens or along the streets, but also over building facades, will allow the energy self-sufficient city to contribute to improve the air quality (absorbing both CO2 and fine dust of 57 tons per year), to decrease the average air temperature, to create noise barriers and to improve the biodiversity of living species, generating the habitat for birds, insects and small animals that inhabit the Liuzhou territory.

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