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Milan’s Porta Nuova district is home to a literal “vertical forest.” Architect Stefano Boeri finished construction on the Bosco Verticale in 2014, complete with towers measuring 260-260 feet concrete balconies; all draped in the greenery of 800 trees and 5000 shrubs.

An article for Architectural Digest explains that an integrated irrigation system helps with plant upkeep, and occupants reap the benefits of reduced energy consumption and the sustainable reinvigoration of a formerly industrial area. According to the World Green Building Council, the Bosco Verticale is “one of the most recognizable buildings of the last decade” with Boeri lauded as “perhaps the most famous name in green architecture.”

Read more about the Bosco Verticale’s influence on sustainable design in the Architectural Digest story here.

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