Up until now, the concept of vertical farms has been just that: a fantastic idea, but not feasible in reality. Incorporating abundant plantlife into building facades was a dream for the future. Well, visionary Italian architect Stefano Boeri has changed all that with Bosco Verticale ("Vertical Forest"), now under construction in Milan. The 27-story building will be almost completely covered in plant life, which will help clean air pollution (Milan is one of Europe's most polluted cities) by filtering dust particles. In creating its own balanced microclimate, Bosco Verticale's greenery will absorb CO2 and produce oxygen, while protecting the building from wind and penetrating sunlight.
In the Financial Times, Christopher Woodward calls Bosco Verticale "The most exciting new tower in the world." Looking at the designs, it's hard to disagree.