Stefano Boeri Architetti, Shanghai
Urban cities are facing numerous challenges, including deteriorated environments, high population density, and biodiversity loss, which is producing negative impacts on these areas’ development and performance. The contradictory relationship between density and sustainability must be addressed. Thus, ecological city designing and planning is crucial.
Vertical Forest City (VF city) is an urban prototype directly developed by Vertical Forest of a tower of trees inhabited by humans, such as Bosco Verticale (Milan, Italy) and Green Tower (Nanjing, China). A Vertical Forest building brings plant life normally spanning hundreds of hectares to an urban space of one or two square kilometers. Within VF city, the relationship between density and sustainability is mutually dependent and synergistic. While the building multiplies the number of trees in an area, it also improves air quality, reduces noise pollution, and balances urban biodiversity. Essentially, the structure is a living ecosystem where humans, trees, and animals can coexist.
VF city is also a vibrant community, with a high proportion of creative relationships. It is inhabited by individuals and groups that have the opportunity to experience a new sensation of equilibrium between natural and artificial and to use this fertile balance to create innovation in every area of daily life. Forest Valley Conceptual Planning in Lishui, China is a selected project that follows the concept of Vertical Forest city and establishes a detailed vision for future cities. However, several factors still require consideration, such as social acknowledgement and integration of various other professional fields. Overall, VF city is the vision of urban form in the future, a city for us and future generations.