Architect Imagines Entire City Covered in Trees to Combat Air Pollution
One Italian architect declared war on air pollution and has dreamed up a novel way to fight the scourge of urban centers.
He’s proposed an entire city of buildings covered in trees to serve as a prototype for the next generation of sustainable urban development.
“Forest City,” Stefano Boeri’s proposal for Shijiazhuang, China, would help fight air pollution by removing dust participles from the air and soaking up carbon dioxide. It would also serve as a home to the wildlife that’s been displaced by sprawling urban development, Dezeen reports.
The Italian architect is known for riffs on his concept of “Bosco Verticale,” which translates as, “Vertical Forest.” The architect has constructed a pair of towers in Milan employing this style already. Home to a collective hectare of greenery, the staggered balconies wrapping the exterior hold potted trees, shrubs, and flowers.
He’s proposed buildings in Nanjing, China and Lausanne, Switzerland, as well. But his latest adaptation of the “Vertical Forest” is by far the most radical.