What China’s Forest City Can Teach The World About Sustainability 

China’s Forest City

The construction of China’s first forest city has broken ground and is due for completion in 2020. This urban and sustainable environment is the first of its kind in the world.  The city supports a population of 30,000 people, and will have the support of two schools, a hospital, offices, housing and even hotels that will be covered entirely in plants and trees. In fact, Liuzhou Forest City will have 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants with over 100 different species.

china's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

Italian architecture agency committed to building sustainability.

This creative vision for the sustainable city is by Stefano Boeri Architetti, an Italian architecture firm that focuses on urban sustainability. The company has committed to building the first green city in the world- a city that will defend against pollution and encourage bio diversity.

This is not the first time Stefano Boeri Architetti has drawn attention for such innovative ideas. The firm is responsible for the Vertical Forest build in Milan. The architecture is now being implemented in other parts of China and Asia.

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China is changing the way it looks at pollution.

China’s forest city was commissioned by Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning and will be built to the north of Liuzhou, in the mountainous area of Guangxi. The forested city will cover 175 hectares and will get it’s water source from the Liujiang River.

China's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

The city will absorb 57 tons of pollutants and produce 900 tons of oxygen every year.

This out of the box thinking will yield some impressive numbers.  Particularily, for a country that has poor air quality. The city will absorb 57 tons of pollutants and produce 900 tons of oxygen every year. This will help in decreasing the areas overall average air temperature and create sound barriers. The canopy of growth will insulate the city from the heat and from the cold. Thus, creating a strong and biodiverse ecosystem for birds, small animals, insects, and flora

Key Facts

  • Support 30,000 people

  • Absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 per year

  • Absorb 57 tons of pollutants per year

  • produce approximately 900 tons of oxygen.

  • Liuzhou Forest City will host in total 40,000 trees and almost 1 million plants of over 100 species.

    China’s forest city will utilize renewable resources.

Liuzhou Forest City will be wired for power and it will have fast electric rail and infrastructure for electric cars for clean transportation. The urban oasis will be self-sufficientnt with solar panels on roofs and use geothermal energy for internal air conditioning.

China's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

China’s Forest City won’t be Asia’s largest city.

China’s Forest City won’t be Asia’s largest city. However, it will be the greenest and most sustainable on the continent and the entire world. It’s a step in the right direction, in one if the world’s most polluted countries.  Perhaps the world will take notice of this creative idea in sustainability.  Maybe the world will be motivated to follow in the footsteps of China’s forest city.

China's forest city
Photo by Stefano Boeri Architetti

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Driving Creativity: Life Of A Bus Driver

Driving Creativity

Bus drivers share how they are driving creativity at work

A bus driver always will have the best view from their office window. The ever changing environment of the city can sound appealing to new bus drivers, early in their career. However, the high stress job can also be very mundane and deprive a person the ability of driving creativity.

Driving Creativity

It’s important for bus drivers to find that creative drive to make the job more interesting and more dynamic. In return, creating an inspiring and positive work environment.  I’ve spoken with many bus drivers, all with different and distinct personalities. I asked them to share what they do to break up the monotony of their shift.

This is what they shared…

Play in traffic

One driver said that, at stop lights, he would take the letters from the license plate of the car in front and create  band names from the acronyms.

“The same theory can be applied to book titles or business names,” he adds. “It’s endless.”

Bug Your Passengers

Another mentioned that he would try to illicit some  sort of human response from regular passengers with no expression or personality. The driver tells me that everyday he would ask open-ended questions or give an obnoxious hello-in hopes that today “might be the day.”

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Notice Something New

They all agreed that it was important to notice something new on every trip the bus makes. Maybe it’s a business that was never noticed before or a new restaurant that needs further investigation. It keeps your eyes fresh and the mind stimulated at all times. It brings conscious awareness to sometimes, an automatic job.


Keep Statisticsdriving creativity bus

Finally, keep a daily tally of passenger facts such as: How many people boarded with mustaches or man buns? Or maybe keep track of how many positive interactions happened on a given day. This is a fun way to stay interactive with the passengers and really pay attention to the world around them.

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Some drivers admitted to listening to educational podcasts or talk radio. Some said that they just liked chatting with other passengers. But they all had something in common with each other- they all found some way to keep the job interesting by driving creativity while driving around the public.

What do you do to keep your creative mind stimulated while your at work or doing a boring task? Let me know and lets start a discussion below. Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter for some really cool freebies soon.

Anders Vanderkool