If you have seen the vertical forests in China and Switzerland, you’re looking at the handiwork of Stefano Boeri Architetti. He is well known as the designer of those projects but now he is back and designing the Smart Forest City in Cancun, Mexico. Architects for the new city have 557 ha to work with, and 70% of the space will be green spaces. There is room for 130,000 inhabitants, 7.5 million trees, bushes, shrubs and more. The greenery will be chosen by landscape architect Laura Gatti and planted in the green areas. “The Smart Forest City will absorb 116.000 tons of carbon dioxide with 5.800 tons of CO2 stocked per year,” claim the designers of the project.
The Smart Forest City in Cancun, Mexico is being designed to be completely self-sustaining.
Sustainability is highlighted in this project. “Thanks to the contribution of the German office Transsolar, Smart Forest City – Cancun is conceived to be completely food and energy self-sufficient,” writes the studio. “Surrounded by a ring of solar panels and of agricultural fields irrigated by a water channel connected with an underwater maritime pipe, the City will be deeply characterized by full circular economy.”
Water is also an important element in the project. A huge basin located at the city entrance will be used for gathering water in a desalination tower. The water can be distributed to the residents through canals. There will also be a number of water gardens throughout the city to help fight floods.
“Thanks to the new public parks and private gardens, thanks to the green roofs and to the green facades, the areas actually occupied will be given back by nature through a perfect balance between the amount of green areas and building footprint,” said Stefano Boeri Architetti in an interview with Dezeen.
According to the studio, the Smart Forest City may be “a pioneer for a new kind of human settlement”. “Big data management is used to improve the Governance of the city, hence, the life of its citizens,” says the studio. With the help of sensors, data about the city would be collected, analyzed and used to help the residents. “Energy flows are monitored, in order to suggest to the users certain energy measures. For example, running their washing machines or dishwashers during peak generation conditions, in order to get a cheaper energy rate, while supporting the energy management of the mechanical systems,” explains Stefano Boeri Architetti.
The city is also being built with Mobility in Chain (MIC). In layman’s terms, visitors and residents alike will leave vehicles at the edge of the city and use internal electric transportation within it.
After it is established, the Smart Forest City will be a center of research and will have affordable housing for professors and students. “The idea behind this project is to create a district dedicated to research and innovation (the fields will be: molecular biology, robotics, IT, etc) where academic institutions and research centres meet, along with big multinational corporations and the new generations of students and researchers, Mexican and from all over the world,” say the architects.
It may be an ambitious plan but Stefano Boeri has been able to pull off similar things with vertical forests in the past.
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