First Smart Forest City in Mexico will be 100% food and energy self-sufficient

Milan-based architecture firm Stefano Boeri
has unveiled innovative designs for a nature-infused
smart city in Cancun, Mexico that will serve as a model for
resilient and sustainable urban planning. Created for
Honduras-based textile conglomerate and property developer Grupo
Karim, ‘Smart Forest City – Cancun’ is a proposed alternative
to plans for a shopping district in the area. The masterplan would
reforest a 557-hectare site — currently used as a sand quarry for
hotels — and create mixed-use development that would be
completely food and energy self-sufficient.

rendering of city with a few tall buildings and several solar panels

The proposed Smart Forest City – Cancun would house 130,000
residents as well as 7,500,000 plants of 400 different species
selected by botanist and landscape architect Lauri Gatti. More than
200,000 trees would be planted to create a ratio of 2.3 trees per
inhabitant, while the remainder of the vegetation would be mostly
shrubs, bushes, green roofs and vertical gardens. “Thanks to the
new public parks and private gardens, thanks to the green roofs and
to the green facades, the areas actually occupied will be given
back by nature through a perfect balance between the amount of
green areas and building footprint,” the press release

Related: Stefano Boeri will revitalize Genoa with sustainable
energy-producing urban design

rendering of canals in a city

With help from the German company Transsolar, the mixed-use
development would be surrounded by a ring of solar panels that
provide enough renewable energy to meet the residents’ needs. The
city would also include an agricultural field belt that wraps
around the urban area. The fields would be irrigated by a water
channel fed by an underwater maritime pipe and treated with a
desalination tower. Parking for traditional vehicles would be
located on the city periphery; a MIC (Mobility in Chain) system
would provide internal electric and semi-automatic vehicles to
transport residents and visitors throughout the development.

rendering of people walking on sidewalk with tall solar shading sculptures

As a testing hub for sustainable urbanism, the Smart
Forest City – Cancun proposal includes a center for advanced
research large enough to host international organizations,
university departments and companies. The center would include
research and development facilities dedicated to sustainability
issues and green infrastructure.

+ Stefano
Boeri Architetti

Images via Stefano Boeri Architetti and The Big Picture

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
First Smart Forest City in Mexico will be 100% food and energy self-sufficient