Commend Architect’s Environmental Designs for Italy

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit:  Marco Garofalo

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5 Comments

  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    Good for him. Each step in the right direction is a step towards progress for the planet.

  2. Brandon Taylor Brandon Taylor says:

    Yes, Stephano Boeri has a lot of influence in architecture, so the vertical forest is making waves! And as editor-in-chief of the Abitaire International Design Magazine, his sway on the future of industrial design is truly impressive.
    It’s good to see someone so visible make such a profound statement about environmentalism – with much more than his words.

  3. Ruth Rogers says:

    Like this part: “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.”

  4. Ruth Rogers says:

    It is a start. I do not understand that high rise buildings or is id building down into the earth — how this is an answer — may be more ocean going capcity — house boats?

  5. Brandon Taylor Brandon Taylor says:

    I think of the towers are more of a flagship for green architecture and the environmental movement in general than a solution to environmental problems.
    The greenbelt and repurposed farms have gotten a lot more attention than they would have otherwise because they are rolled up in the plan that includes the ‘vertical forest’.

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