Hi, I just read about the Bosco Verticale in Milan, and about China starting construction of a similar vertical forest in Nanjing, and thought you may have interesting insight into the design, or the effectiveness of these solutions. Or perhaps a thought-provoking architect's perspective on the challenges with something like this, and maybe why they went with this design as compared to an alternative one? When I look at them I see vertical Aztec Chinampas, would love to know how you see them!
Nanjing Towers Stefano Boeri
I see a concept that looks and works better in a rendering because in execution it lacks architecture. Basically we took a mundane looking tower and added a bunch of planting areas and trees to all the balconies. That is all. I think these types of projects will fade quickly out of favor.
Kandalama Hotel Geoffrey Bawa
Some years down the road we will be talking about how to refurbish these towers in a more sustainable way because the amount of maintenance and water needed to keep them looking “green” is not sustainable. Probably the only project of this kind I consider a success its not a new one, the Kandalama Hotel by Geoffrey Bawa, and it works because of the scale, the location and its immediate connection to the nature surrounding the hanging gardens.
Bosco Verticale Boeri Studio