“Change the way we see our cities forever”
A greener future
City living can be a grey affair, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Italian architect Stefano Boeri is changing the way in which we interact with urban landscapes, using them to tackle both environmental issues and aesthetics. His latest project, The Nanjing Vertical Forest, will be Asia’s rst green skyscraper. The two neighbouring towers will be covered in over 2,500 plants, shrubs and trees which will provide 60kg of oxygen per day and absorb 25kg of carbon-dioxide each year. And that’s not all – this in ux of greenery will give local biodiversity a boost, reversing some of the harmful effects pollution can have on native insects and animals.
Even if you can’t cover your entire apartment block in trees, you can still recreate Boeri’s vision at home, reaping the health and environmental bene ts with just a few small additions. Findings from a research project by NASA, linking poor indoor air quality with a variety of health ailments, show that just adding one potted plant to a room can purify the air we breathe and reduce illness and mental fatigue.
If you’re looking to take things a step further, consider creating your own hanging garden for your balcony or patio. I Spy DIY (www.ispydiy.com) has created a simple tutorial, showing you how to make a vertical wooden planter for herbs and shrubs that can be adapted to suit any outdoor space.