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Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a pair of residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy, between Via Gaetano de Castillia and Via Federico Confalonieri near Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station. They have a height of 111 metres (364 ft) and 76 metres (249 ft) and will host more than 900 trees (approximately 550 and 350 trees in the first and second towers respectively) on 8,900 square metres (96,000 sq ft) of terraces. Within the complex is also an 11-story office building; its facade does not host plants.[2]

The towers were designed by Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri,[3] Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra). It also involved input from horticulturalists and botanists.[4]

The building was inaugurated in October 2014.[5]

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Living skyscraper concept is straight out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s dreams

Our greatest cities could see massive tree-like structures rising amidst their skyscrapers one day. Teeming with life, these vertical gardens could provide both food and a bit of green space for city folk. These enormous vertical farms could be the self-sustaining hearts of their host cities. They’ll scrub the air clean, purify local water and produce renewable energy. They’ll be so wonderful that it’ll almost be like living in Lothlorien.

http://www.dvice.com/2014-6-4/living-skyscraper-concept-straight-out-jrr-tolkiens-dreams

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GARDENS BY THE BAY

No less extraordinary is the adjoining grove of vertical gardens by Grant Associates. Visitors can stroll an elevated walkway connecting the “supertrees,” some of which are fitted with photovoltaic cells to harness solar energy.

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I couldn’t possibly let a super cool urban gardening gif like this go without a mention. The gif is of a new gardening concept by French designers Nicolas Barreau and Jules Charbonnet. The idea is sort of a cross between a vertical garden and a trebuchet, and I have to be honest, it makes me very nervous.

I’m one of those people that look up a lot while walking around the city, and I’m constantly surprised by the rickety-looking rigs used to hold air conditioners in place. All this thing would need to turn into a hurtling projectile is one weekend with no owners at home and a misdirected thunderstorm, hurricane, or tornado (hey, it happens! I experienced it first hand!). So while I applaud the effort, I’m going to go ahead and hope that these take a verrrrry long time to make it to New York. ~AR

(via A Bridge to Nature: Barreau & Charbonnet’s “Volet Vegetal” Urban Gardening Concept - Core77)

As part of Singapore’s masterplan to develop its Marina Bay area, these towering eighteen ‘Supertrees’ take vertical greenery a step further, integrating over 226,000 plants consisting of over 200 species with a host of other functions, like solar power and solar hot water generation, rainwater collection and acting as ventilation towers for the horticultural conservatories below.

Read more and see more pics here: Huge Biomimetic 'Supertrees’ Taking Root on Singapore’s Waterfront (Video)