Tuesday, February 7, 2017

China Fights Pollution with The First Vertical Forest in Asia

By Asia Pop Culture

China has bad pollution problems, and one Italian architect could have some answers.

First stop, Nanjing, the Chinese city has an air-quality index of 167, which falls into the "unhealthy" category. For comparison, Sydney and New York both have "moderate" indexes of around 60, while London is at 100, bordering between "moderate" and "unhealthy."

The proposal by Italian architect Stefano Boeri will see the construction of two new "Vertical Forest" towers in the Chinese city of Nanjing characterized by the interchanging of green tanks and balconies.  The outside of the buildings will be outfitted with 1,100 trees representing 23 different local species, as well as 2,500 shrubs.  The two towers will help regenerate and provide an estimate of 25 tons of CO2 absorption each year, while producing 130 pounds of fresh oxygen per day.

The project, backed by Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned Investment Group
, is named Nanjing Green Towers and is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

The smaller (354-foot tall) of the two towers will be a 247-room Hyatt hotel complete with rooftop swimming pool, while the larger (at 656-foot tall) will house offices, a museum, an architecture school, and a private rooftop club.

This will actually be Boeri's third Vertical Forest project.  He already has successful developments in Milan, Italy, and Losanna, Switzerland.  Reportedly, Boeri has plans to build similar structures all over China in Chongqing, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou and Shanghai as well. Boeri also has designed the Mountain Forest Hotel located in Guizhou, China.

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