AD | CHINA WELCOMES ASIA’S FIRST VERTICAL FOREST
Architectural Digest website dedicates an article to Nanjing Vertical Forest, the project of the italian architect Stefano Boeri to help fight pollution. Boeri’s creation serves a particularly practical purpose in Nanjing’s densely populated Pukou district. The idea is simple: The two greenery-laden towers absorb ambient carbon dioxide while simultaneously introducing oxygen into the surrounding air. Preliminary estimates suggest that the building will be able to absorb some 25 tons of CO2 each year and generate 60 kilograms of oxygen per day. This is all thanks to the 1,100 trees and 2,500 hanging plants affixed to each tower’s façade. Slated for completion in 2018, the project will serve as a prototype for Boeri’s designs in other pollution-threatened Chinese cities.