Green Architecture Takes Big Leap With Milan’s “Vertical Forest”

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The world’s first vertical forest is rising in Milan. The Bosco Verticale, the project’s official title, will be completed later this year, marking a significant step in development of green architecture. The plan consists of two apartment towers festooned with a series of concrete decks, staggered and offset from each other to give the structures their Jenga-like appearance. Once completed, nearly 2.5 acres of “forest” will have been planted in these balconies, helping to absorb dust—a major problem in Milan—and C02, while shading and cooling the residents within.

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The Amazing Origami House: This Home Unfolds Eight Ways

It all started with Lapland. When David ben Grunberg was an architecture student, he was given the assignment to design a pre-fab home that could work in wildly different temperature extremes. In places like northernmost Finland, the long summer days are hot, and the winters are brutally cold. Grunberg’s solution: an origami-inspired home that can fold itself into eight different forms.

In the winter, thick walls can face outward and insulate the home; in the summer, everything can be flipped inside-out so glazed walls let heat escape. The shape of the home can even change throughout the day. A user could position the house to watch the sun rise in the morning, and continue to rotate it so they stay in the sun all day long. The configuration can change to adapt to weather, too.

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