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World’s First Vertical Forest in the Making

The world’s first vertical forest is in the making – at Milan, Italy. Designed by Stefano Boeri – architect, academic and former editor of design and architecture magazine Domus —  his Bosco Verticale is a towering 27-storey structure. Once completed, the tower will be home to the world’s first vertical forest.

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The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Embraced in plant life, the building helps balance the microclimate and filter the dust particles contained in the urban environment. (By the way, Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe).

The diversity of the plants and their characteristics engender humidity, absorb carbon dioxide and dust particles, producing oxygen, and protect the building from radiation and acoustic pollution.

This not only improves the quality of living spaces, but also gives way to dramatic energy savings throughout the year.

Each apartment in the building will have a balcony and will be planted with trees that are able to answer the city’s weather — shade will be provided in summer, while also filtering city pollution; and, in the winter, the bare trees will allow sunlight to permeate through the spaces. Plant irrigation will be supported through the filtering and reuse of the greywater produced by the building.

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Additionally, Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will further promote the tower’s self-sufficiency.

The architect notes that if the units were to be constructed unstacked as stand-alone units across a single surface, the project would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland.

Bosco Verticale is the first offer in his proposed BioMilano, which envisions a green belt created around the city to incorporate 60 abandoned farms on the outskirts of the city to be revitalized for community use.

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