To Battle Pollution, China Is Now Building Vertical Forests
Even as you read this piece, China is busy building two extraordinary towers in the cultural city of Nanjing, also the capital of Jiangsu province. In a country where tall structures dot the skies of almost all cities, what is new about it, you might think. Hold that thought. These towers are not just the usual skyscrapers; they are Vertical Forests which will clean up the dirty air of the country.
Here is all you need to know about them:
- The city where these towers are being built is, according to Greenpeace, the 24th most-polluted Chinese city. Nanjing has a population of eight million. Aimed at providing clean air to the residents, these towers will be enveloped by nearly thousands of trees and plants that will grow on the sides and on the roofs. It will have nearly 1,100 large and medium-sized trees and 2,500 plants and shrubs.
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- The two towers together would eat carbon dioxide and release nearly 60 kg of oxygen every day. It is estimated that an average person consumes about 0.2 kg oxygen in a day. Going by that estimate, the two buildings will be able to offset pollution created by 300 people every day. On an annual basis, the two structures will absorb 25 tonnes of CO2.
- These towers are being designed by celebrated architect Stefano Boeri and will be completed in late 2018. Both buildings will stand on a 66-foot-high podium. This podium will house a food market, restaurants, a shopping centre and a conference hall.
- The two towers will be of different heights. While the taller one will be 200-mt high and will have 35 floors, the second one will be over 100-mt high. The two structures will be a mixed-use property, with the taller one hosting an architectural school, a museum and even a private club; the shorter one will house Hyatt hotel, with nearly 250 guest rooms.
- This will be the world's third vertical forest. The first two are in Milan, Italy, and Lausanne, Switzerland.
- Once successfully constructed, the architect of this structure aims to replicate the design in other Chinese cities, including Chongqing, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou and Shanghai.