Turning cities into gardens without renouncing the urban dynamics to reduce pollution is an idea that seems purely and simply utopian. But that does not mean it’s impossible.
For now, there are projects that focus on vertical gardens, even on a large scale. Among them, the project called “Forest City”, an innovative plan for the construction of a city with 30,000 inhabitants in China, a country suffering from terrible air pollution, stands out for its global approach. The result will be a city that will offer the appearance of a great forest thanks to those vertical gardens that will upholster the whole city green, covering façades of houses and buildings in general. In addition to the abundance of urban green areas in the traditional style within the city, it will be surrounded by trees. Thanks to this intensive injection of green, the urban landscape is transformed in a radical way offering an unprecedented urban scene. At the practical level, great things are achieved. In addition to reducing atmospheric and noise pollution or attracting biodiversity, it will also help fighting “heat island” urban phenomenon.
“Nanjing Vertical Forest” is an unusual city that aspires to be just the opposite of the majority of the polluted cities in China. If all goes well it will become a reality in 2020, opening up great possibilities once its great advantages are proven in practice. It will not be a definitive solution to the crisis of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the world, of course, but it sure is a great step in the wright direction.