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The World's First 'Vertical Forest' Rises in Milan

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In an article entitled "Can We Please Stop Drawing Trees On Top of Skyscrapers," Tim De Chant once argued that Milan's Bosco Verticale, a 27-story "vertical forest" designed by architect and former Domus editor Stefano Boeri, was the only proposed "green skyscraper" project that had any chance of actually coming to fruition. Sure enough, this auspicious green giant is nearing completion, while the rest of the bunch languish in rendering neverland. The pair of towers, measuring 262 and 357 feet, are already planted with over 900 trees and are on track to open later this year.

Said Boeri Studio in a statement, "this is a kind of biological architecture that refuses to adopt a strictly technological and mechanical approach to environmental sustainability." Along with the saplings, some 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 floral plants are planted on the balcony of each apartment, with the aim of creating a microclimate of sorts able to filter out pollutants and oxygenate the area, fed only with the tower's wastewater. Also in Bosco Verticale long list of positive impacts: any retrospective on the world's first green skyscraper gets to comment on something that looks pretty snazzy, to boot.

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