In Cancun, Mexico, Stefano Boeri Architetti, the company known for constructing spectacular vertical trees in Switzerland and China, is back with another ambitious project. According to the architects, the new metropolis would have a land area of 557 acres, with 70% greenery, and house 130,000 people. 7.5 million trees, shrubs, and bushes will be planted by botanist and landscape architect Laura Gatti. Designers say that the Smart Forest City will absorb 116.000 tons of CO2 and store 5.800 tons annually.

#1 Cancun’s Smart Forest City strives to be self-sufficient.

Cancun's Smart Forest City Aims To Be Self-Sustaining In Food And Energy
Image Courtesy: Stefano Boeri Architetti

The proposal emphasizes sustainability and seeks to make the City self-sufficient. “Smart Forest City – Cancun is designed to be entirely self-sufficient in food and energy,” the studio said. “The City will be surrounded by solar panels and agricultural areas irrigated by a water channel linked to an undersea marine pipe.”

Cancun's Smart Forest City Aims To Be Self-Sustaining In Food And Energy
Image Courtesy: Stefano Boeri Architetti

Water is also an essential aspect in the concept, say the architects. It would be collected in a big basin near a desalination tower at the City’s entry. Canals would then convey the water to the people. The City will also contain flood-fighting water gardens.

Cancun's Smart Forest City Aims To Be Self-Sustaining In Food And Energy
Image Courtesy: Stefano Boeri Architetti

“The spaces occupied will be handed back to nature via a perfect balance between the number of green areas and building footprint,” stated Stefano Boeri Architetti in an interview with Dezeen.

Cancun's Smart Forest City Aims To Be Self-Sustaining In Food And Energy
Image Courtesy: Stefano Boeri Architetti

“A pioneer for a new form of human habitation,” according to the studio. “Big data management is utilized to better municipal governance and thereby residents’ lives,” the studio claims. Sensors would gather, analyze, and utilize data about the City to aid citizens. “Energy flows are monitored to recommend energy-saving solutions to consumers. For example, using their washing machines or dishwashers during peak generating times to save money while promoting mechanical energy management,” says Stefano Boeri Architetti.

Cancun's Smart Forest City Aims To Be Self-Sustaining In Food And Energy
Image Courtesy: Stefano Boeri Architetti

The city will also utilize MIC or Mobility in Chain. Residents and guests may leave their cars at the city’s outskirts and use internal electric transit.

Cancun's Smart Forest City Aims To Be Self-Sustaining In Food And Energy
Image Courtesy: Stefano Boeri Architetti

The Smart Forest City will be a research hub with student and faculty housing. A district devoted to research and innovation (molecular biology, robotics, IT, etc.) where academic institutions and research centers meet with huge multinational enterprises and new generations of students and researchers from all over the globe.

Cancun's Smart Forest City Aims To Be Self-Sustaining In Food And Energy
Image Courtesy: Stefano Boeri Architetti
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