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.

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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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Elon Musk’s Boring Company

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Nothing Boring About Elon Musk’s Boring Company

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company is an ambitious idea that makes sense. Elon Musk, is known for his innovation and very ambitious ideas that are quickly driving change around the world. The man behind Tesla and Space X has introduced The Boring Company. The company’s goal is to build a tunnel system under cities to transport cars at high rates of speed. According to Musk, this type of transportation, in a tunnel system, could be the future of transportation in big cities. He suggests that moving the transportation system underground rather to the air, is a more viable solution.  If you go deep enough, you cannot detect the tunnel below the earth.  The earth is very good at absorbing sound and vibration, making the system almost undetectable.

“The challenge with flying cars is that they are quiet noisy and that is not anxiety reducing.”

Trips traveling at 125 mph or 200 km/h through tunnels.

The idea is to create a network of underground tunnels that integrates entrance and exits points at various points around the city.  These points would only use the space of a single parking spot. The elevator delivers the vehicle onto an electric platform from the street to the tunnel system. Trips traveling at 125 mph (200 km/h) through tunnels would deliver vehicles to their predefined destination in minutes with very little risk of accident.

 

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company has branded itself as a drilling company, however, it’s more than that. It’s an idea of ​​transforming traffic and infrastructure in major cities. Cities in the United States and around the world. There are currently plans to implement a network of tunnels in Los Angeles to function as an alternative to the main highway systems.

“It’s easier to go down than it is up with a 3D tunnel network,” says Musk. “As layers of tunnels get used up we can continue to go down.”

Tunneling has always been expensive, but not for Elon Musk’s Boring Company

Cost per mile costs have always been a roadblock in the tunneling world. Musk has an ambition goal of achieving a 10 fold reduction in the cost of tunneling. But he is putting his money where his mouth is. He suggests that this can be achieved in two ways:

  1. Cutting down the diameter of the tunnel decreases the cost in half.  Musk is attempting a 12 foot wide tunnel.
  2. Using a tunneling machine that reinforces the tunnel wall continuously.

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What about autonomous vehicles? That’s still a thing, right?

Musk is already working towards autonomy with his innovative electric cars. But he believes that when transportation becomes fully autonomous. It’s an absolute that there will be more vehicles will be on the road. Thus, creating more congestion on the streets of an already stressed infrastructure.  Further, the electrification of vehicles will become more affordable as most automakers already, have some sort of electric program in place.

 

Musk is trying to solve the impacts of innovation before they happen. You’re seeing this with The Boring Company and his renewable energy ventures such as the Solar Roof Shingles. He is a true futurist in that sense and is taking this project very seriously by already building the system in the parking lot of SpaceX.  Please share comments below and get involved in the conversation.

-Anders Vanderkool

 

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