Hopefully more and more skyscrapers will be planned with green roofs
The age of green is upon us. We have reached a point in our human evolution where science, math, and creative genius have discovered a way to suspend a living forest in mid air. The answer to city pollution is now Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale, the world’s first 27-story microclimate apartment towers currently under construction in Milan, Italy. Built to function as city air purifiers, these lush apartments will include over 900 trees, 5,000 bushes, and 11,000 plants throughout the tower balconies. Each perch of life will aid in reducing city noise, moderating atmospheric temperatures, absorbing CO2 emissions, and acting as an energy sustainer for seasonal weather shifts.
This would be nice
From a recent tour we took of NYC’s Dept of Parks green-roof test plots on the 5-boro building.
This can be a smarter move than covering your roof in solar panels. The startup cost is less (more and more state & local government are expiring their solar panel subsidies), and the heating / cooling savings are quite significant.
Ooh, I want this to be my house. It’s so inviting, and the porch’s green roof provides a cool environment in the summer!
I know there’s some skepticism that trees would be able to handle the wind and temperature extremes of the high-rise environment, making visions like this nothing more than pipe-dreams. I’m no arborist, but I’m sure there are a lot of extreme environments on earth where we can could some robust species. I’m still hopeful our skyscrapers will all look like this someday.
Not only would they clean the air, they make great environments for high-rise dwellers & workers, reducing elevator congestion at lunchtime.
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A workman mows the grass roof of a government building near the capital city of Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Denmark, on August 13, 2009. © Bob Strong/Reuters
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