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The Italian architect Stefano Boeri, known for his vertical forests, has also entered the race for smart cities: always greener, always more respectful of the environment.

Located in Cancun, this city would cover 557 hectares and could accommodate nearly 130,000 inhabitants.

Its metropolitan area will host 362 hectares of planted surfaces, including 120,000 plants with 350 different species, which will be installed in large parks, roof gardens, and green facades. In this project, the vegetation and construction areas cover equivalent surfaces, thus restoring a large part of the territory to vegetation that would otherwise have been dedicated to the construction of a large shopping center.

In addition, this Smart Forest City has been imagined as a self-sufficient agglomeration in energy production thanks to a ring of photovoltaic panels and a water channel connected to the sea via an underground system that will irrigate the city in a sustainable way.

The design of the new Forest City includes a high-tech innovation campus where academic departments, organizations, laboratories, and companies will work on a global scale to solve the planet’s major environmental sustainability problems.

Within this campus, there will also be research and development centers to accommodate students and researchers, not only from Mexican universities, but from leading high-flying institutions around the world.


Lisa Agostini