Target: Stephano Boeri of Stephan Boeri Architects
Goal: Provide thanks and support for Stephano’s visionary environmental architecture
Even as we speak, a forest is growing in the middle of Italy’s second largest city. Two towers with approximately 1,500 living trees dominating their exteriors are currently under construction in Milan as part of Stephano Boeri’s plan to transform the city into a mecca of sustainability.
Part of the ‘Bosco Verticale’ or Vertical Forest, each balcony of the two large residential buildings will feature giant 1.5 meter deep planters in which a diverse population of trees can grow. Standing as a testament to the possibilities of environmental engineering, this outstanding architectural feat will act as a filter for the many airborne pollutants and dust particles in the urban environment. The trees currently being lifted into their new homes will be sustained by a hydration system recycling the building’s used water. This system not only produces humidity and reduces CO2 levels, it saves valuable energy normally used on heating/cooling bills and water usage.
As one of Europe’s most polluted cities, Milan serves as an ideal proving ground for environmental city planning. Perhaps this is why Stephano Boeri chose this location for his BioMilano plan, of which the Vertical Forest is only one component. The main goal of BioMilano is to create a ring of dense vegetation around the city. This greenbelt would consist of planted woodland habitat in combination with an enormous ‘garden’ created by converting 60 abandoned farms into centers focused on sustainable food production for local consumption.
These ambitious and forward-thinking ideas deserve our appreciation. It is projects like this one that lead the way to a more environmentally conscious future – something we desperately need. Applaud Stephano Boeri for his plan to revitalize the environment surrounding Milan, and for turning his dream of a Vertical Forest into reality.
Dear Stephano Boeri,
Your work on BioMilano and its Bosco Verticale stand as testaments to the exciting possibilities of environmental design and architecture. In this time of extensive pollution, habitat destruction, and now climate change, we need ideas like these more than ever before. Bringing an experimental project like Bosco Verticale to fruition is extremely difficult in a world of tight budgets and speculation.
For this and for your continued efforts, you deserve the applause of a grateful public.
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Photo credit: Marco Garofalo