• by Kevin Murphy

Mexico: Small Forest City

Details have just been released about the new Smart Forest City designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti for Cancun, Mexico. The greensand self sufficient energy city can maintain close to 130,000 inhabitants on a 55 ha parcel.

The Forest City will have 400 hectares of green space along with 400 different species of chosen by botanist Laura Gatti that will be part of the 7,500,000 plants with 26,000 being trees according to a report in ArchDaily.

The report states :

'With a ratio of 2.3 trees per inhabitant, the Smart Forest City will absorb 116.000 tons of carbon dioxide with 5.800 tons of CO2 stocked per year”. Public parks, private gardens, green roofs, and green facades, help create a balance with the built footprint.'

The community will be will be surrounded by solar panels and agricultural fields for food and energy sufficiency.

The ArchDaily says:

'Water is gathered at the entrance of the City, next to the desalination tower, and it is distributed “by a system of navigable canals in the whole settlement up to the agricultural fields that surround the urban area”. Within the city, people circulate via internal electric and semi-automatic mobility, leaving their cars at the edges of thecity. 3 networks of energy infrastructure, mobility, and green offer each inhabitant all the services he needs.'

As for the city itself:

“...a center for advanced research that could host all worldwide university departments, international organizations, and companies that deal with very important sustainability issues and the future of the planet”.

Stefano Boeri Architetti tells dezeen :

"Smart Forest City Cancun is a Botanical Garden, within a contemporary city, based on Mayan heritage and in its relationship with the natural and sacred world,"

"An urban ecosystem where nature and city are intertwined and act as one organism."

A continuous flow of data collected will be analysed and implemented for maintaining for everyday life.

Mr. Boeri says:

"Sensors are distributed within the building fabric: they collect and share relevant information, which is then centrally analysed and turned into suggestions in support of everyday life,"

"For example, by mapping on an app the expected outdoor comfort experience within certain areas of the city."

dezeen reports:

"Energy flows are monitored, in order to suggest to the users certain energy measures."

"For example, running their washing machines or dish washers during peak generation conditions, in order to get a cheaper energy rate, while supporting the energy management of the mechanical systems."

Cancun was chosen due to its close proximity to the Carribean Sea with the city to be encircled by 'water gardens' to help prevent flooding. Also featured will be a internal electric transport system Mobility in Chain of Milan as residents will park their personal vehicles outside the city.

The developers state:

"The idea behind this project is to create a district dedicated to research and innovation (the fields will be: molecular biology, robotics, IT, etc) where academic institutions and research centres meet, along with big multinational corporations and the new generations of students and researchers, Mexican and from all over the world."

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