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Skyscrapers Designed to Help Combat Air Pollution

5/3/17 9:11 AM

Courtesy: Stefano Boeri Architetti

The sky is the limit for an architect firm striving to design innovative skyscrapers, while improving the air quality in one Chinese city. Italian architect, Stefano Boeri, believes incorporating plants into his blueprints will help tackle the intense smog that pollutes the city of Nanjing, which is home to more than eight million people.

Similar to many urban areas in China, the air quality in Nanjing is considered unhealthy for the public, especially those with respiratory disease. In hopes of helping to combat the problem, construction is underway on two skyscrapers designed by Boeri that would include a total of 3,600 trees and plants cascading off rooftops and balconies.

With construction expected to wrap up next year, the Nanjing Green Towers will be the first vertical forest built in Asia. The project is a prototype of two residential towers built in Milan, Italy back in 2014 and another in Lausanne, Switzerland, set to open by early 2018.

The "forest towers" of Nanjing will house a 247-room luxury hotel, offices, a museum, an architecture school and much more. Along the facades will stand 600 tall trees and 500 medium-size trees from 23 local species, along with 2,500 cascading plants and shrubs. On flat land, that's enough vegetation to cover more than 64,000 square feet!

Although that may seem like a lot, the towers will have minimal effect on the pollution level in Nanjing. Overall, the towers will consume 25 tons of carbon dioxide annually and give off about 60 kilograms of oxygen daily. That's enough productivity to cancel out the emissions of about five cars each year.

Boeri's ultimate goal is to eventually create an entire "forest city" in Shuijiazhuang, which is the city with the highest rate of air pollution in China. Boeri envisions the city to contain 200 vegetation-covered towers, a train system and lots of green space.

For cities with dangerous levels of air pollution, MadgeTech offers data logging systems to monitor indoor air quality. To view all of the data loggers to support compliance and air quality, click here.

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