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The architect creating “forests that people look up”

In general, you see forest views widely; however, a “forest that you look up” that towers up in a vertical way has emerged in overseas cities in recent years.  The forests born in these cities called “Vertical Forest” are residential buildings where people live.

The two residential towers built by Stefano Boeri, an Italian architect, in Milan are 80 meters and 112 meters high respectively. About 20,000 trees, shrubs, and plants are planted in these buildings. It is equivalent to more than 20,000 square meters or more of forestland. These plants absorb 30 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 19 tons of oxygen a year. In 2018, the Vertical Forest was named among finalists for the RIBA International Prize, honoring the world’s best new buildings.

Boeri said in an interview with CNN: “To enlarge green surfaces inside and around our living city is one of the most efficient ways to try to reverse climate change. A vertical forest is one of the possible ways to enlarge biological surfaces, in the horizontal and the vertical.” It is a building like breathing organisms. In addition, more than 15 different species and wild birds live on each floor.