In an incredible about face for a city like Milan, known for it’s fashion,endless shopping and terrible smog, the city has given the go-ahead for a vertical forest by architect, Stephano Boeri. So amazing is this construction that the Financial Times hails it as the most exciting building in the world. It’s about time.
The “Bosco Verticale” will cost 6 million Euros and will feature 900 trees and plants shielding luxury apartments. The resulting benefits are plenty: filtering pollution by absorbing CO2 and dust particles, improving the microclimate, reducing noise pollution to the building, saving energy by sheltering the building from solar heat in Summer and reducing rainwater run-off causing curb flooding. Let’s hope we see this become a norm! Why not have them simply as park spaces with a view?