Stefano Boeri Architetti, a studio famous for designing extraordinary vertical forests in Switzerland and China, is back with another ambitious project - Smart Forest City in Cancun, Mexico. The architects say the new city will have a land area of 557 ha, 70% of which will be covered in green spaces, and will accommodate 130,000 residents. 7.5 M trees, shrubs and bushes, carefully selected by botanist and landscape architect Laura Gatti, will be planted in green areas. "Smart Forest City will absorb 116,000 tons of carbon dioxide with 5,800 tons of CO2 stored per year," the project designers claim
The newly designed Smart Forest City in Cancun, Mexico aims to be fully independent
This project highlights the importance of sustainability and aims to make the city fully independent. "Thanks to the contribution of the German Transsolar office, Smart Forest City - Cancun is fully understood as food and energy self-sufficiency," the studio said. "Surrounded by solar panel rings and agricultural fields irrigated by waterways connected by underwater maritime pipelines, the City will be very marked by a full circle economy."
"Thanks to the new public park and private park, thanks to the green roof and green facade, the area actually occupied will be restored by nature through a perfect balance between the number of green areas and building footprints," Stefano Boeri Architetti said in an interview with Dezeen.
The studio claims that Smart Forest City might be "a pioneer for a new type of human settlement". "Big data management is used to improve city governance, therefore, the lives of its citizens," the studio said. With the help of sensors, data about cities will be collected, analyzed, and used to help residents. "Energy flow is monitored, to advise users of certain energy measures. For example, running a washing machine or dishwasher during peak production conditions, to get cheaper energy levels, while supporting energy management of mechanical systems, "explained Stefano Boeri Architetti.
Another thing that will be applied in the city is something called MIC, or Mobility in Chain. This means that residents and visitors will be able to leave their vehicles in the suburbs and use internal electricity transportation to get around.
Smart Forest City aims to be a research center and will include affordable housing for students and professors. "The idea behind this project is to create a district dedicated to research and innovation (fields are: molecular biology, robotics, IT, etc.) where academic institutions and research centers meet, together with large multinational companies and a new generation of students and students. researchers, Mexico and from all over the world, "said the architect.
You have to agree that all of this sounds very ambitious - but Stefano Boeri has surprised us before. Let's hope that we will be able to visit this Utopian city in the near future!