Ver­ti­cal forests to strike bal­ance be­tween high-rises and na­ture

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Estates - - FRONT PAGE - Nam­rata Kohli feed­back@hin­dus­tan­times.com Nam­rata Kohli tracks ev­ery­thing re­lated to homes ­­ from in­te­ri­ors to cap­tur­ing key trends in real estate markets in In­dia and glob­ally

NEWDELHI: Haven’ t we all seen sky­scrapers and gazed at the tallest tower soft he world? Now imag­ine a skyscraper that does much more than be­ing tall and tak­ing your breath away! This one, if any­thing, will re­store it and re­fill your lungs with a gush of fresh oxy­gen.

Wel­cometo the worldof ver­ti­cal forest­ing, which is slowly be­com­ing a world­wide trend and is be­com­ing the way to strike bal­ance be­tween the jum­ble of en­ergy con­sum­ing high-rise build­ings and na­ture.

The idea of a Ver­ti­cal For­est was con­ceived and built by Bo­eri Stu­dio in Milan, in 2014. When Ste­fano Bo­eri came up with the idea of giv­ing back to na­ture the space we are tak­ing from it with con­tin­u­ous ur­ban sprawl, he thought of Bosco Ver­ti­cale as a pro­to­type of the sky­scrapers of the fu­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to ar­chi­tect Ste­fano Bo­eri, “Ev­ery day ar­chi­tects all around the world re­think and re in­ter­pret the idea of the trees in the sky. Each of these at­tempts is ex­tremely im­por­tant for the fu­ture of ar­chi­tec­ture and the fu­ture of our planet, be­cause the sin­gle thought can have cer­tain im­pact, but thou­sands of thoughts can change the world. Slow­ing down the cli­mate changes, re­duc­ing CO 2 emis­sions, mak­ing our liv­ing sus­tain­able and in har­mony with na­ture.”

Pop­u­larly known as the ‘Tree hug­ger’, Bo­eri con­fesses that all this is still in an ex­per­i­men­tal stage but hopes the idea be­comes a move­ment some­day. He says that ver­ti­cal fore sting is“our way to show the im­pact that Bosco V er tic ale is hav­ing on the city and on the in­ter­na­tional ar­chi­tec­tural com­mu­nity, the dis­cus­sion it elic­its be­tween the peo­ple and the ways it in­flu­ences their ev­ery­day life .”

Right af­ter the suc­cess of Ver­ti­cal For­est in Milan—it has been repli­cated in many other parts of the world and in China in Nan­jing, Shang­hai and Shen­zhen. But China has taken the lead in com­mis­sion­ing a full for­est city to Bo­eri.

Cur­rently, the first for­est city is un­der con­struc­tion in China which will even­tu­ally in­habit of­fices, houses, ho­tels, hos­pi­tals and schools, en­tirely cov­ered by plants and trees. Li­uzhou For­est City will be built in the north of Li­uzhou, in the moun­tain area of Guangxi, in the south­ern part of China; in an area that cov­ers 175 hectares along the Li­u­jiang river. Li­uzhou For­est City will host in to­tal 40,000 trees and al­most 1 mil­lion plants of over 100 species.

The Li­uzhou For­est City com­mis­sioned by Li­uzhou Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Ur­ban Plan­ning will be com­pleted by 2020. Once com­pleted, the new city will host 30,000 peo­ple, ab­sorb al­most 10,000 tons of CO2 and 57 tons of pol­lu­tants per year and pro­duce ap­prox­i­mately 900 tons of oxy­gen.

The new green city, en­tirely wired, will be con­nected to Li­uzhou through a fast rail line used by elec­tric cars and will host var­i­ous res­i­den­tial ar­eas, com­mer­cial and recre­ational spa­ces, two schools and a hos­pi­tal.

This model city is be­ing cre­ated in a way that it has all the char­ac­ter­is­tics of an en­ergy self­suf­fi­cient ur­ban es­tab­lish­ment: Geo­ther­mal en­ergy for in­te­rior air-con­di­tion­ing and so­lar pan­els over the roofs for col­lect­ing re­new­able en­ergy. The great in­no­va­tion of Ste­fano Bo­eri Ar­chitetti’s project is the pres­ence of plants and trees over ev­ery build­ing, of all sizes and func­tions.

The dif­fu­sion of plants over the build­ing fa­cades, will al­low the en­ergy self-suf­fi­cient city to con­trib­ute to im­prov­ing the air qual­ity, to de­crease av­er­age air tem­per­a­ture, to cre­ate noise bar­ri­ers and to im­prove the bio­di­ver­sity of liv­ing species.

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Bosco Ver­ti­cale, a pair of ver­ti­cal for­est apart­ments in Milan, Italy.

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