Milan, Italy constructs world's first vertical forest adding greenery back into the city
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Arts/Culture, Environment.
Photo: Stefano Boeri

As you can see from the photo, this is pretty amazing. Architects in Milan, Italy are taking the term “concrete jungle” and making it come to life by transforming the city with the world’s first vertical forest.

The vertical forest or “Bosco Verticale” will include all types of greenery like 900 trees, 5,000 bushes and 11,000 plants. The forest will be planted across two residential towers that measure at 110 and 76 meters high. Overall, the area is equal to 10,000 square meters of forest.

Not only will the forest provide greenery in Milan, but architects Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, and Giovanni La Varra say it will produce oxygen and humidity, absorb carbon dioxide and dust particles, reduce noise pollution, improve quality of living and save energy.

According to Boeri’s website, “[the vertical forest] is a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory.”

You’re probably wondering how the forest will be taken care of. The filtering and reuse of greywaters will produce plant irrigation, which will be produced by the building itself. In addition, Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will lend a helping hand.

The vertical masterpiece comes at an opportune time, since Milan is known for its pollution and having very little green space compared to all other cities throughout Italy. “A 2003 medical study suggested that breathing Milan’s benzene-laced air was tantamount to smoking 15 cigarettes a day,” Ecoimagination reports.

“Milan, like every city in the world today, is at a crossroads,” Boeri writes. “It can continue growing by eating up agricultural land, woods, natural space, and thus reducing biodiversity and the space available to other species. Or it can choose to become a biodiverse metropolis, starting with a new agreement between the city, the natural world, and agriculture.”

The project was first started in 2007 and is still ongoing. For more information, visit Boeri’s website to observe charts and other photos.

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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