Thursday, November 17, 2011

Towers of trees in Milan!

Was sent this email by a student which talks about a fascinating new pair of residential towers called Bosco Verticale being constructed at Milan, Italy. Designed by architect Stefano Boeri, Bosco Verticale is being constructed as 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.

Towering over the city's skyline the world's first forest in the sky will be a sight to behold. The 27 storied building will accommodate nearly one hectare of forest trees as tall as oak and amelanchiers in its cleverly designed balconies.

The 365 and 260 foot emerald twin towers will house an astonishing 900 trees, 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 ground cover plants. This is a concept illustration of how Bosco Verticale will look like when completed.

Ah ha, man again thinks he knows best. Frankly I am not impressed and have so many questions of the builder! But anyway lets laud him for his efforts at least at greening our urban jungles where there is no biodiversity save ants, rats and us humans!


  1. Vertical greenery! I think it is an imaginative concept in urban planning. Consider the facts: cities will continue to grow and people will need more housing. Land will get scarcer and more expensive. The consequence, as we know, is less urban greenery. So why not incorporate man-made forestry in buildings?

    With environmentalists like MDN asking the right questions and feedback from initial projects, this could be another nudge towards eco-friendly urban development.

  2. They are talking about doing the same for the Eiffel Tower. I dont know how that would change such an iconic structure!