VetiVertical City in Shanghai China by Eugenio Aglietti.
Courtesy Eugenio Aglietti VetiVertical City in Shanghai China by Eugenio Aglietti.

A concept proposal for Shanghai, the VetiVertical city is a 410-meter tower that seeks to capitalize on the high carbon dioxide absorption rates of Chrysopogon Zizanioides, informally known as Vetiver. CIAT researchers reported that plants like Vetiver can absorb about 5.3 kilograms of carbon dioxide per square meter during a year. The VetiVertical City, located on an area between the Huangpu river and the Luwan district, in front of the area which hosted the World Expo in 2010, aims to match the multi-functionality of a skyscraper with the new sustainable technology of the Vetiver System for soil conservation, slope stabilization, pollution control, water quality improvement. The south facade of the building is conceived as an artificial mountain growing from the banks of Huangpu, where 280,000 Vetiver plants can implement a huge sustainable potential.

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