China Is Building Smog Eating Cities That Will Help Combat Pollution
Trees and plants take in carbon dioxide from the air and convert it to oxygen, a process known as photosynthesis. China is using trees as air filters in the world’s first “ forest city ” located in the southern city of Liuzhou. The country has started construction on this endeavor and is expected to combat air pollution, improve local biodiversity, reduce sound pollution and reduce air temperature. It is slated to be completed by 2020. Liuzhou Forest City, situated in southern China’s Guangxi Province, will be 175 hectares (100-acre measurement) and situated along the Liujiang River. It will consist of an array of buildings from offices and schools to apartments and hotels. The city will be home to 30,000 residents, who will be able to access the main Liuzhou city through a fast rail line. Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning commissioned Milan-based Stefano Boeri Architetti for construction, development and design. The design will be similar to that of a two-tower complex that Boeri designed in Milan. A tower in Lausanne, Switzerland will follow a similar plan and is expected to open by early 2018. Collectively, the plants on Nanjing’s towers will eat 25 tons of carbon dioxide each year and produce about 60 kg of oxygen daily which is the equivalent of kicking more than 2,100 cars off the road. On flat land, the plants from each tower would actually cover over 75,000 square feet.
The towers are covered in 40,000 trees and nearly one million plants, drawn from over 100 species. And it’s anticipated to produce roughly 900 tons of oxygen annually. The Italian architect devised the innovative way to ease China’s pollution problem: A Vertical Forest City, in which every office, apartment, hotel, school, and skyscraper is blanketed in smog-sucking greenery. If the concept sounds familiar, that’s because this isn’t Boeri’s first time at the eco-friendly rodeo. His architecture firm is also behind two vertical forest buildings planned for Nanjing in eastern China. In this repetition, Boeri’s ultra-ambitious idea will expand to span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River. Additionally, the greenery will provide shade during warm months and insulation during winter, helping residents use less heating and electricity and act as a noise barrier from local highways. Each building incorporates geothermal systems for air conditioning and rooftop solar panels for renewable energy to maximize sustainability and self-sufficiency. The smog levels in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou are not yet dire but if the city fails to deal with its pollution, it will only get worse over time.
China Seems To Understand A Basic Rule Of Human Existence…No Air….No Life!
Susan Z’s Conclusion:
These innovative eco-friendly structures will eventually become common place as every world leader realizes our environment needs help from all the years of careless destruction.
Six of Swords:
This is spiritual awakening and enlightenment. The card holds true with the reasoning behind building these structures.
Seven of Wands: Inverted (Upside Down)
This is a card of being challenged and making a stand. Being pulled inverted, I feel an innovative approach to address the air quality of China had to be something drastically different due to their huge population. Building up instead of out.
Knight of Pentacles:
This is young energy that is stubborn, honest and with solid foundations. I believe this represents the architect that just would not give up on creating a “vision” he had to the solution of our green planet suffocating in pollution.
Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine. (life cycles) Learn more at her website: www.szrwhitewings.com