Architect Unveils 557 Hectare ‘Smart Forest’ City Plans in Mexico


Plans for a new “smart forest city” have been released, commissioned by developer and textile giant Grupo Karim and designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri, an advocate of the forest city movement.

Plans for the forest city, a first in Mexico, is proposed across 557 hectares near Cancun and would be home to 130,000 people.

“I really think that bringing forests into the city is a way to reduce climate change,” Boeri has said on his forest city designs.

▲ Smart Forest City – Cancun is conceived to be completely food and energy self-sufficient.

The architectural firm's forest city concept was first introduced in Liuzhou China, breaking ground in 2017, spanning a 340-acre site and home to 70 buildings that will be covered with 40,000 trees and up to a million plants.

The firm has also completed “two vertical forest” residential towers in Milan, which are covered in the equivalent of five acres of plant life.

The architect says the new forest city in Cancun is planned in a “large area where a shopping district would have been built”.

▲ Water is a key element in the project: Surrounded by a ring of solar panels and agricultural fields irrigated by a water channel which is connected with a underwater maritime pipe.

Touted as “the first forest city of the new millennium”, the new plans for Mexico include 400 hectares of green spaces with 7.5 million plants, and 400 different species.

“260,000 of which will be trees equating to 2.3 trees per inhabitant,” Boeri said.

“The smart forest city will absorb 116.000 tons of carbon dioxide with 5.800 tons of CO2 stocked per year.”

▲ Boeri's concept masterplan sits near Cancun.

Climate-responsive engineering firm Transsolar's involvement in the city plans for it to be completely food and energy self-sufficient.

The latest proposal is yet to be approved, Boeri's forest city in Liuzhou China is expected to be completed next year.

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