Tuesday 2 August 2016

linea degli alberi

In October of 2014, a really fantastic pair of residential towers were completed in Milan and opened their doors to its new occupants. The structures incorporate some one thousand trees and other plants, creating a self-regulating micro-climate on the apartment blocks’ campus plus all the other benefits of plant-respiration, and this vertical forest, if grown in the usual horizontal fashion would require almost seven square kilometres of space.  Such a comparison really turns the notion of a “carbon-footprint” on its head.
We appreciate the fact that there are two towers, since after all, the only downside of living in such a building being that one would have no view of it; Parisian author Guy de Maupassant supposedly thought the newly erected Eifel Tower was such an abhorrent sight, he lunched in a cafรฉ directly underneath the landmark, reasonably assured that that was the surest spot in the city where he’d be spared of seeing it. We were a little astonished that we missed or dismissed as one of those concept models that never get built this incredible project before, and really appreciated the comprehensive update from Twisted Sifter and will be certain to seek this amazing structure out next time we are in Italy.  Moreover, it was a needed antidote to other trends we’ve heard about recently—like England’s newly discovered penchant for astroturfing in favour of little grassy plots.