Green apartment blocks are a hit – with mosquitos

Posted: September 15, 2020 by oldbrew in ideology, News

Chengdu green apartment block [image credit: yahoo news]


Another green dream turns out to be a disaster.
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An experimental green housing project in a Chinese megacity promised prospective residents life in a “vertical forest”, with manicured gardens on every balcony, says TechXplore.

All 826 apartments were sold out by April this year, according to the project’s estate agent, but instead of a modern eco-paradise, the towers look like the set of a desolate, post-apocalyptic film.

The problem? The mosquitoes love the plants too.

Only a handful of families have moved into Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden because of an infestation, state media have reported.

The project in the southwestern city was built in 2018, with every private balcony designed to provide space for plants to grow, according to local media reports.

Without any tenants to care for them, the eight towers have been overrun by their own plants—and invaded by mosquitoes.

Plants have almost entirely swallowed up some neglected balconies, with branches hanging over railings all over the towers, footage shot this month showed.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. JB says:

    Massive undisturbed dew collectors

    Of course a complete model of this in runaway was never executed…

  2. ivan says:

    What did they expect to happen in a mosquito area – the designers forgot the DDT misting system. /sarc

  3. Kip Hansen says:

    Aw, come on. Actually, I like the look and the idea. The problem s lack of occupancy — which is not explained. Apartments purchased but few residents.

    Emptying the excess water from small pots etc and a little mosquito spray will remedy the buggy problem. A little care will remedy the overgrowth problem.

    The question remains: Why haven’t the purchasers moved in?

  4. oldbrew says:

    The question remains: Why haven’t the purchasers moved in?

    Because the mozzies got there first…
    ‘Only a handful of families have moved into Chengdu’s Qiyi City Forest Garden because of an infestation’

  5. saighdear says:

    huh, the purchasers haven’t moved in ‘cos theyre stuck here with the Midgees in the hills of Skye or around the NC500 as they get used to the greenery………..

  6. chickenhawk says:

    I think it’s strange story. Spray for mosquitoes, problem solved. It’s like the population has never lived in an undeveloped area, or an area near the forest, or an area near the lowlands. Always wet, plenty of plants, and of course mosquitoes. If they don’t want to spray, instruct occupants to use bug repellent that comes in small spray bottles.

    there must be something more to the story

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