China has pollution problems, and one Italian engineer could have some solutions.
*Nanjing’s perpendicular forest will consist of two buildings whose construction will incorporate 1,100 trees and over 2,500 bushes and plants in the hopes of improving the city’s air quality.
*If successful, this innovative solution could be replicated throughout China and other pollution-stricken nations, bringing a greater quality of air to people globally.
The Chinese city of Nanjing is building a Vertical Forest, a set of two buildings stylized with around 1,100 trees and a combination of over 2,500 bushes and plants.
Nanjing has an air-quality index of 167, which categorizes it as “unhealthy.” For reference, Sydney and New York both have “moderate” indexes of around 60, while London sits at about 100, teetering between “moderate” and “unhealthy.”
Two perpendicular forests are already in place, one in Italy and one in Switzerland, but this is the first to be constructed in Asia, with additional ones expected to follow in Chongqing, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, Guizhou, and Shanghai.
The Nanjing Towers will consume enough carbon dioxide to make around 132 pounds (60 kilograms) of oxygen daily, and an official press release said China’s Perpendicular Forest is scheduled to be finished sometime next year.
This perpendicular forest is essentially two buildings whose construction will incorporate 1,100 trees and over 2,500 shrubs and plants. The buildings will stand at 107 and 199 meters (354 and 656 feet) tall, respectively, and they will be functional additions to Nanjing’s cityscape. The shorter tower is being eyed to become a Hyatt hotel, while the taller structure will house a museum, offices, and an architectural school.
Once construction is finished in 2018, the structures will be able to consume sufficient carbon dioxide to produce 132 pounds (60 kilograms) of oxygen.