17 Oct '11, 3pm

The world’s first vertical forest is under construction in Milan via @grist

The world’s first vertical forest is under construction in Milan via @grist

We've pretty much established that trees are awesome -- they make you smart , improve your home's value , filter pollution, provide shade, and produce oxygen. But even in a city that prioritizes green spaces, surface area is at a premium. How do you provide enough trees while still living densely? Milan, Italy, has a creative answer: a forest in the form of a skyscraper. The Bosco Verticale takes the same attitude towards green space that highrises take towards living: You can fit more into a smaller footprint if you build up instead of out. It's an apartment building, but each apartment has a balcony with its own little mini-forest. These provide the pollution-filtering benefits of plant life and the energy-saving benefits of shade, but in a small area; Bosco Verticale's architects estimate that if the same amount of vegetation were laid out flat, it would require 10,000 ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-10-17-the-worlds-first-ver...

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