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Milan is one of the most polluted cities in the world, and the Bosco Verticale project aims to mitigate some of the  environmental damage that has been inflicted upon the city by urbanization. The  design is made up of two high-density tower blocks with integrated  photovoltaic energy systems and trees and vegetation planted on the facade.  The plants help capture CO2 and dust in the air, reduce the need to  mechanically heat and cool the tower’s apartments, and help mitigate the  area’s  urban heat island effect – particularly during the summer when  temperatures can reach over 100 degrees.

The two towers measure 260 feet and 367 feet tall respectively, and together  they have the capacity to hold 480 big and medium size trees, 250 small size  trees, 11,000 ground-cover plants and 5,000 shrubs (that’s the equivalent of 2.5 acres of forest). The types of trees were chosen based on  where they would be positioned on the buildings’ facades and it took over two  years of working with botanists to decide which trees would be most appropriate  for the buildings and the climate. The plants used in the project were grown  specifically for the building, pre-cultivated so that they would gradually  acclimate to the conditions they would experience once placed on the  building.

original article Inhabitat

Date: 2013-02-07

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