China will be getting a new forest, all in skyscrapers. Nanjing, a very large and old city in the heartland of central China, will be receiving a building complex of two buildings home to over 3,000 plants generating over 132 pounds of oxygen every day. Called the Nanjing Towers (to be completed in 2018) it was designed by Stefano Boeri who has had his design realized in Milan already. The taller building will have offices, a club, a museum and a green architecture school (why not?) and the smaller one will have a pool and be a hotel. The plants are divided into 1,000 trees and 2,500 shrubs representing 23 different native species. I for one am overjoyed at this idea from two perspectives. China has a major pollution problem which needs to be reversed soon lest it begin to become a generational environmental health concern. My other dream is to have parks set up in this way since they’ll take up less ground space but also become integrated with everyday businesses and city residents. I look forward to their worldwide expansion.  

Nanjing Towers