Green Cities Fit for Life

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Vertical Forest in Milan near completion

The world’s first vertical forest located in the Porta Nuova district of Milan is nearing completion. The Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, designed by Italian architect Stefano Boeri aims to inspire greater urban biodiversity while reducing Milan’s increasing pollution.

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The design consists of two tower blocks which have trees and vegetation planted on the façade. The €65 million project has the capacity to hold over 400 large and medium size trees, 250 small size trees, 11,000 ground-cover plants and 5,000 shrubs, the equivalent of 2.5 acres of forest. Planners believe that a variety of plant life will act as a filter against traffic pollution and will help mitigate the area’s urban heat island effect.

The European Green Capital Award aims to promote and reward the efforts of European cities in their efforts to improve the environment and for their high level of commitment to genuine green progress. Nantes, awarded the tile of European Green Capital in 2013, is noted for showing its dedication to clean air. Its sustainable transport policy aims to reduce air pollution through minimising car transport in the city centre, and providing pedestrians and cyclists with optimal conditions. This ambitious policy has already shown improvements in reduced air pollution and CO2 emissions.