Stefano Boeri Architetti is behind a new Smart Forest City in Mexico. The project, developed by textile manufacturer and property developer Grupo Karim’s, is notable for its seamless integration with nature. The same can hardly be said of the best all inclusive resorts in Cancun for families.
Located just South of Cancun, the development offers a sustainable vision for the functionality and organization of cities. The project sits on a 557 hectare lot, 400 hectares of which are dedicated green spaces. Once envisioned as a concrete shopping district, the area will now hold 7,500,000 plants, 260,000 of which will be trees. Botanist and landscape architect Laura Gatti selected 400 species of trees and plants for the gardens and public spaces. As a result, there will be about 2.3 trees per inhabitant.
Tons of Trees
Building footprints are often destructive to their environment. However, the Forest City will balance construction with nature (see video here) by incorporating private gardens, public parks, green roofs, and green facades. Together, the areas composed of organic material will absorb 116,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Moreover, the figures also include 5,800 tons of CO2 stocked per year. Unfortunately, even the best all inclusive resorts in Cancun for families do not address their carbon footprint.
Smart Forest City – Cancun will focus on the research and development of innovative technologies to create a sustainable future. Notably, at the heart of the plan is a proposed center for advanced research on sustainability and environmental quality. Specifically, the center will serve as a setting for meeting and discussion for international companies and organizations. Likewise, students and researchers from the world’s top universities will be able to work on developing sustainable technology and policies.
Circular Economies are the Future
A full circular economy characterizes the unique nature-centric development. German office Transsolar conceived an infrastructure which will be completely food and energy self-sufficient. As an example, agricultural fields and a ring of solar panels surround the city. Additionally, an underwater maritime pipe delivering desalinated water to the surrounding fields. A massive basin at the city entrance distributes water to the surrounding fields through a system of navigable canals. Additionally, water gardens designed to double as flood barriers serve as a model for resilient landscapes.
The latest technology in mobility systems is integral to the city’s transportation plan. An innovative proposal by MIC (Mobility in Chain) allows residents to leave their vehicles outside the city. Particularly, the internal mobility system relies on electric and semi-automatic modes of transportation. But the harmful effects of roads and pollution from cars continues to be a growing threat to the surrounding forest. This example, however, demonstrates a much more efficient way of moving around the city.
Residents and visitors will enjoy an innovative combination of clean energy infrastructure, green spaces, and adequate public spaces. The first Smart Forest City will serve as an example of the future of urbanism for Cancun. The popular tourist city is growing at an alarming rate requires tearing down forests to make room. Hopefully, the best all inclusive resorts in Cancun for families and travelers will catch on to the sustainable movement.