Sunday February 12, 2017

China Is Building a Vertical Forest to Fight Pollution

Clever architecture is typically all about aesthetics, but here’s a case where the design is actually trying to improve lives. China is trying to alleviate their terrible pollution problem by stuffing plant life into a pair of buildings. This is actually not the first of its kind, as the same architect has already erected "vertical forests" in Italy and Switzerland.

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China has pollution problems, and one Italian architect could have some answers. The Chinese city of Nanjing is getting a Vertical Forest, a set of two buildings stylised with around 1,100 trees and a combination of over 2,500 shrubs and plants. But it's not all about how it looks: The Nanjing Towers will absorb enough carbon dioxide to make around 132 pounds (60 kilograms) of oxygen every day, an official press release claimed. China's Vertical Forest is scheduled to be completed sometime next year. At the time of writing, 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."