Stefano Boeri is director of the Future City Lab (FCL) of Tongji University in Shanghai, a post-doctoral research program which explores the future perspectives of metropolis. Based in Milan, with offices in Shanghai and Tirana, Stefano Boeri Architetti (Boeri Studio until 2008) has been dedicated to the research and practice of architecture, urbanism, design and interior design since 1993. The practice has unveiled innovative designs for a nature-infused smart city in Cancun, Mexico that will serve as a model for resilient and sustainable urban planning. Created for Honduras-based textile conglomerate and property developer Grupo Karim, ‘Smart Forest City – Cancun’ is a proposed alternative to plans for a shopping district in the area. The masterplan would reforest a 557-hectare site — currently used as a sand quarry for hotels — and create mixed-use development that would be completely food and energy self-sufficient.