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About 92% of the people across the globe live in areas with little healthy air, if any. Around 7 millions persons die every year due to air pollution

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Do you feel that global warming and climate changes, in combination with the pollution and absence of plants have a influence on you?

About 92% of the people across the globe live in areas with little healthy air, if any. Around 7 millions persons die every year due to air pollution. Luckily, one arhitect works on fixing that.

Stefano Boeri is a famous green architect, who projects buildings called vertical forests all over the planet, but he’s not the only one. Those are hotels or towers with plenty of plant surfaces inside of them, contributing to a greater urban climate in various cities.

We present you 10 of these magnificient constructions. Enjoy!

1. Bosco Verticale, Italy

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Profimedia/Alamy: Modern residantial district in Milan

Bosco Verticale 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.

Built in 2014, it was the first construction designed in the vertical forest fashion, as well as the first building of this kind created by Boeri.

2. Tower-Flower, France

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Profimedia/Hemis: Tower Flower Paris, France

The tower, located in Paris, is the vertical continuation of an adjacent park. Its giant flower pots, hanging from the balconies, were inspired by Parisian window planters that can be in themselves botanical treasures.

These façade elements were one of the first applications of Ductal (by Lafarge). The social housing is freed of all bearing walls.

3. Quai Branly Museum, France

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Profimedia/AKG: Quay Branly, Invalides district (Paris)

Located also in Paris, it is a museum featuring the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The museum collection has 450,000 objects, 3,500 of them on display at any given time, in both permanent and temporary thematic exhibits.

In an attempt to create “an original venue that would do justice to the infinite diversity of cultures”, the museum is designed in a way that that is supposed to feel open and inclusive.

4. One Central Park, Australia

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Profimedia,/Alamy: One Central Park, Sydney, Australia

It’s built around Chippendale Green. The building itself was designed by award-winning Parisian architect Jean Nouvel and the vertical gardens designed by the artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, Chippendale, Sydney.

The residential building has been named best tall building in the world in June 2014. A massive silver heliostat hangs from One Central Park to redirect light to the ground below. The unique steel heliostat is specifically designed to reflect sunlight to another area.

5. The Northern Club, New Zealand

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Profimedia/Alamy: Northern Club building covered in Virginia Creeper in Auckland, New Zealand

It is a private members club in Auckland, founded in 1869. It has more than 2000 members today.

The building is significant as the oldest surviving club’s in Auckland, and one of the city’s oldest hotels. It has strong links to early colonial institutions, such as the provincial government and British army, as well as prominent individuals in New Zealand history.

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6. Nanjing Green Towers, China

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Profimedia/Ferrari: Nanjing Green Towers, China

Two towers are bringing a breath of fresh air to China – quite literally. They will house homes, offices, hotel , shops and restaurants, covered in vertical forests.

The Nanjing Green Towers, promoted by Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned National Investment Group, is the first such construction in the country. The towers are located in Nanjing Pukou District.

7. MTV Building, UK

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Profimedia/Alamy: MTV building Camden London grass clad wall glass and grass architecture

The former headquarters of TV-am in Camden Town, London, it is now the headquarters of MTV Europe. It was converted from a former car showroom in 1981 to a design by Sir Terry Farrell, and came to be known as Eggcup House because of plastic eggcups on the roof.

MTV Networks renowed it in 2011, primarily removing some of the studios and replacing them with modern office space. The rear of the building, facing the Regent’s Canal, was repainted grey rather than blue, but the structure and the eggcups remained in place.

8. Forest City, Malaysia

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Reuters/Edgar Su: Prospects look at a model of the development at the Country Gardens’ Forest City showroom in Johor Bahru

On four man-made Malaysian islands, the archipelago called Johor Bahru, Chinese developer Country Garden is building a huge new city. In one of the ads, the company bills it as “a dream paradise for all mankind”.

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Reuters/Edgar Su: A view of a newly built hotel which houses many Chinese prospects who come to visit the Country Gardens’ Forest City development in Johor Bahru

The $100 billion metropolis will be able to accommodate 700,000 people. That’s about 20,000 more than the current population of Washington, DC — and it will have a density greater than Manhattan.

9. Hive Inn City Farm, US

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Profimedia/Ferrari: High rise farm made of shipping containers

Located in NYC, it is a modular farming structure which transforms thrown-away (but easily reusable) shipping containers into perfect spaces to produce food and energy all while recycling waste and water.

Everything down to the heat and plumbing has been planned methodically. It has the potential to solve real-world sustainability issues that might arise down the line for major cities like New York.

10. Parkroyal Building, Singapore

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Profimedia/Zuma Press

Completed in January 2013, Parkroyal is located in central Singapore, between the CBD and the districts of Chinatown and Clarke Quay, facing Hong Lim Park.

Greenery from the park is echoed in the building in the form of planted valleys, gullies and waterfalls. The landscaping also conceals openings to the aboveground carpark, while cooling and naturally ventilating the space.

How vertical forests help fight pollution

We need more vertical forests to help fight pollution and make cities more liveable again. Do you agree? Please share.

Posted by BrightVibes on четвртак 22. јун 2017.

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