November 6th, 2017
The need to combat air pollution has never been more pressing. The World Health Organization estimates that 3 million people die every year from breathing in polluted air, with China one of the most polluted countries. More than 80 percent of the world’s city dwellers live in places that exceed recommended pollution limits.
As World Cities Day is marked on October 31, the focus is on attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
The work of design and research by Stefano Boeri goes in this direction.
Liuzhou Forest City in southern China is to be the world’s first forest city. The project by Stefano Boeri Architetti covers over 175 hectares along the Liujiang river, with 70 buildings covered in 40,000 trees and one million plants, which will be capable of absorbing 10,000 tons of CO2 and producing 900 tons of oxygen per year.
CNBC in the format “Doing well by doing good”, published a Stefano Boeri’s interview to talk about forest cities as the future of sustainable living and of investments.