Flower towers

Milan, Italy, has long been synonymous with high fashion, big business, and smog. For example, a study conducted in 2003 by Milan's Macedonio Melloni hospital suggested that breathing the city's air was the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. This article examines how a project from a Milan-based investment firm helped to clear the air in Milan. In doing so, it overviews the project's scope, which entailed the construction of twin towers with nearly 500 balconies filled with more than 600 trees and 4,000 shrubs. Known as the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), the virtual microclimate of trees and plants will filter dust particles and carbon dioxide, produce humidity and oxygen, and protect the building from dust and noise pollution. The article looks at the challenge created by the balconies, because they need to support the weight of both humans and lush plant life. It then examines the 18-month schedule, which included a look-ahead plan that identified what was accomplished on each day of the previou
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