Cancun, Mexico, could soon be an intelligent, high-tech and natural-rich urban area. The avant-garde urban planning project comes from the Milanese architectural studio of Stefano Boeri with the impressive name "Smart Forest City - Cancun". This architectural proposal is an alternative that would reforest a 557-acre property currently used as a sand pit for hotels in the area and create a mixed-use settlement that would be completely self-sufficient in terms of food and energy.
The proposal of Stefano Boeri and his team would take 130,000 inhabitants and 7,500,000 plants of 400 different species, which were selected by the botanist and landscape architect Lauri Gatti. More than 200,000 trees would give a ratio of 2.3 trees per inhabitant, while the rest of the vegetation would consist mainly of shrubs, green roofs and vertical gardens.
With the help of the German company Transsolar, the mixed-use settlement would be surrounded by a ring of solar modules that provides enough renewable energy to meet the needs of the residents. The city would also include a ring of agricultural land that would wrap around the urban area. These fields would be irrigated by a water channel fed by an underwater sea pipeline and treated with a desalination tower. The traditional vehicle parking lot would be located on the outskirts so that a Mobility in Chain (MIC) system would provide electrical and semi-automatic internal vehicles to transport residents and visitors throughout the development.
As an experimental center for sustainable urban development, the Smart Forest City - Cancun proposal will include an advanced research center large enough to accommodate international organizations, university departments and businesses. The center would include R & D facilities dealing with sustainability issues and green infrastructure.
"Thanks to new public parks and private gardens, green roofs and green facades, the areas actually used are returned to nature through a perfect balance between the number of green spaces and the architectural footprint of the building," reads the press release from the Italian company.
An impressive and ambitious architectural project by the Milan-based Stefano Boeri team, which shows us once again that cutting-edge technology and an eye for environmental issues are not only not impossible but even a real possibility!