In the past, humans were not aware of the negative effect that the cities and their architecture might have on the environment. But now, when the damage is visible, the fact has become impossible to ignore.
Many experts suggest ideas for efficient and sustainable ways for the smart organization of the cities. But still, these ideas can’t be found in real-life examples. Stefano Boeri Architetti is an architecture firm from Milano which hopes to provide a model for future sustainable designs. Currently, they are working on the project “Nature-Infused Smart City.”
The firm is bidding for a 557-hectare site in Cancun (Mexico) along with Grupo Karim, the property developer. They might not gain control of the site because there are some other plans to turn the area into a shopping district. But if they succeeded and build the Smart Forest City, it will become home for more than 130,000 humans, along with 7,500,000 plants.
“The areas that are already occupied will be given back to nature thanks to the new public parks, the green roofs, green facades, and the private gardens. There will be a balance between the amount of building footprint and green areas”, said the press release.
The German company Transsolar offered to help by giving solar panels that will be placed around the City. There also will be an agricultural field belt around the city center with a water channel that will run along with the crops and keep them watered when it’s needed.
“The key element in the whole project is water. It will be gathered in a huge basin at the entrance of the City. From the desalination tower, it will be distributed through a system of navigable canals. They will also design water gardens to fight floods”, added the press release.
All these features will help the City to be food and energy self-sufficient.
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