Monday, August 12, 2013

World's First Vertical Forest To Be Completed This Year

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A vertical forest is expected to be completed this year in Milan. There are two tower apartment complexes which contain a total of 400 residential units. The facade of the buildings will be covered with 730 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 perennial plants. It is expected to have the same ecological impact as 10,000 square meters of forest.

Aside from fighting smog and producing oxygen, the foliage is expected to provide insulation to the residential units.

This new idea can have far reaching implications for city dwelling as we know it. As we noted in our previous article on urban homesteading, the densely populated urban areas of the world are in dire need of increased food democracy. Currently there is a crisis stemming from the fact that our food supply is overly centralized and ripe for abuse, making the case for distributed food systems all the more important. Food forests similar to the one pictured above can(and should be) set to grow not only oxygen producing plants, but organic fruit, vegetables, and fish as well if they are set up using aquaponics or vertical growing techniques.

Source: Raw For Beauty

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  1. Have to make sure they make it fire-proof... or at least pyromancer-proof then..