A 27-Story Vertical Forest Grows in Milan

20130112-112739.jpgBosco Verticale was conceived in response to the alarming levels of air pollution in Milan. The structure itself is no more radical than your average high-rise tower block, but when fortified with over 700 balcony-perched trees, not only will the buildings look like two enormous topiaries in the middle of the city, but they will also filter dust particles, absorb carbon dioxide, and protect the apartment complexes within from radiation and acoustic pollution (yes, you can live in there). Meanwhile, the verticality is a statement about urban sprawl, sending a 10,000 square meter forest upwards into the sky.