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Stefano Boeri Architetti presents the Trudo Vertical Forest in Eindhoven

Friday 09th February, 2018
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Following the Vertical Forest projects of Milan, Nanjing, Utrecht, Tirana, Lausanne and Paris the Trudo Vertical Forest will be the first Vertical Forest adopted by a social housing project and therefore destined for use by low-income social groups: “The high-rise building of Eindhoven confirms that it is possible to combine the great challenges of climate change with those of housing shortages. Urban forestry is not only necessary to improve the environment of the world’s cities but also an opportunity to improve the living conditions of less fortunate city dwellers”, declares Stefano Boeri.

On a somewhat larger scale, the Master Plan by Stefano Boeri Architetti for a new green city that fights air pollution is already under construction in China. The world's first Forest City 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.

It is entirely likely that the name Stefano Boeri Architetti will be known for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Seen as a pioneer of new planet-friendly architecture, the practice continues its research for a new generation of architectures and urban environments that faces climate change, proposing new models for the future of our planet.

CGI Images:

Homepage, Vertical Forest, Eindhoven, Holland

This page, Liuzhou Forest City, Guangxi, Southern China

All images courtesy of Stafano Boeri Architetti