When I travel astrally to other worlds at night, I’ve seen cities that are green where architecture and nature merge. One building has two gigantic trees that are as tall as a building (like the trees in the movie Avatar) on both sides of the entryway and the feeling as you approach the doorway is magical. It’s good to see that humanity is thinking in terms of living more closely with nature. It would be good to see more community gardens and greenhouses so food could be grown locally and distributed to city dwellers. Most foods on our grocery store shelves are lifeless and dead as they’ve been harvested long before and have lost their nutritional value. Let the people garden! Learn how to can, as our grandmothers did. Get your feet in the soil. Put your hands in the dirt and plant, water, nurture, grow. Teach your children as well.

These are amazing! I would love to live in a building like this. Right now these are just in Milan, Italy, but I hope this becomes common throughout the world’s cities! In addition to sucking carbon out of the air directly, they also reduce air pollution, noise pollution, cooling costs and energy expenditure for their residents. The beauty and comfort they offer will also entice more residents who value being close to nature to live in high-rises in walkable cities rather than destroying more wilderness by living in wasteful suburban houses and commuting to work in a car.

And if buildings with plants growing on them are seen as beautiful, comfortable, desirable, and contemporary, they will inspire architects, voters, urban planners, and residents to compete to find better ways to green their buildings, instead of competing to create less environmentally beneficial forms of beauty in the buildings they demand and design.

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The project’s two residential towers — measuring 80 meters (262 feet) and 112 meters (367 feet) respectively — play host to around 20,000 trees, shrubs and plants. They spill out from irregularly placed balconies and crawl up the structures’ sides. By Boeri’s estimates, there are two trees, eight shrubs, and 40 plants for each human inhabitant….

But the architect’s proudest claim is that the buildings absorb 30 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 19 tons of oxygen a year, according to his research, with a volume of trees equivalent to more than 215,000 square feet of forestland….Other energy-efficient features, including geothermal heating systems and wastewater facilities, have attracted less attention. Nonetheless, they help the towers to not only resemble trees but function like them too, the architect said…..

His firm has already unveiled plans for new Vertical Forest buildings in European cities including Treviso in Italy, Lausanne in Switzerland and Utrecht in the Netherlands.In the Chinese city of Liuzhou, Guangxi province, he has masterminded an entire “Forest City,” scheduled for completion in 2020, which comprises tree-covered houses, hospitals, schools and office blocks over a sprawling 15-million-square-foot site. (Boeri said that he’s also been approached about producing similar “cities” in Egypt and Mexico.)

The greenery also reduces energy costs associated with air conditioning, while shielding residents from noise pollution and air pollution:

The vegetation within VF01 is designed in such a way as to form a continuous green filter between the inside and the outside of the inhabited areas, able to absorb the fine particles produced by urban traffic, to produce oxygen, to absorb CO2 and to shield the balconies and interiors from noise pollution…

The vegetation acts as a filter on the VF01 balconies determining a reduction of nearly 3 degrees between outside and inside temperature and – in summer – a decrease in the heating of the façades by up to 30 degrees.

Not every building can or should be a vertical forest, but these vertical forests provide valuable proof of concept that it is possible and desirable to make urban spaces green, to encourage residents, developers, and voters to demand more maximizing of urban greenery, which can lead to shifts in attitudes, the real estate market, building codes, and urban planning.  

It will be a win for the environment if people in buildings that can’t be turned into vertical forests are inspired by the beauty and comfort of these vertical forests to plant gardens on their roof, and vote and lobby for more trees and parks instead of parking lots.

And these buildings aren’t just for the wealthy. As of July 26, 2019, the architect had a proposal was under consideration in Eindhoven, a city in the Netherlands, to create a 19-story vertical forest that will house 125 low-income families who will each pay less than $900 a month in low-cost government subsidized housing:

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is bringing his vertical forest model to a social-housing project in Eindhoven, to show how green homes can be provided at affordable rents. Trudo Vertical Forest is a proposal for a 19-storey building boasting the same tree-covered balconies as the celebrated Bosco Verticale towers in Milan, completed by Stefano Boeri Architetti back in 2014, and many of the studio’s other recent designs.

But it marks the first time the architect has proposed using foliage-filled towers for social housing.

The project aims to provide 125 homes, which will be rented out at affordable rates and made available to low-income groups in the Dutch city. These compact one-bedroom apartments are expected to suit to young, single occupants and couples.

Architects, engineers and developers are creating increasingly greener structures – and doing it in a more literal way than ever before. This is what happens when trees meet buildings. For more by The B1M subscribe now: http://ow.ly/GxW7y Read the full story on this video, including images and useful links, here: http://www.theb1m.com/video/when-tree…

Images and footage courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti, WOHA, K. Kopter, Noah Wiener, Wellcome Images, Robarts University Library, Netherlands National Archive, Cedric Thevenet, Foster + Partners, Mato Zilincik, Peter Haas, Thomas Lendl, Herzog & de Meuron, Aleksandr Zykov, Alyson Hurt, Picasdre, Patrick Bingham-Hall, Richard Meier Architects, dRMM, Conservation Design Forum, Raeki, Sharon Vander Kaay, Jennifer Morrow, Kenta Mabuchi, Benford Chi, Ambasz & Associates, MVRDV, Gerd Fahrenhorst, ARUP, Astraspera, Lauren Manning, Laura Cionci, Hiroyuki Oki, Vo Trong Nghia, Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Heatherwick Studios, Noah Sheldon, Stora Enso, Penda and Sumitomo Forestry.