Italian architect Stefano Boeri has a plan to steer the world away from glistening glass skyscrapers: Cover them with trees.
Boeri's Vertical Forests reimagine buildings as enormous air purifiers for smoggy cities.
The trees, plants and shrubs also offer shade on sunny days and act as cosy blankets during winter, allowing tenants to reduce their electricity use. Also, they're really pretty.
Boeri's architecture firm unveiled plans this week for two Vertical Forests in Nanjing, China.
The buildings will follow the prototype of two existing tree-covered towers in Boeri's home of Milan, Italy.
Mashable spoke by phone with the architect to discuss his inspiration for the Vertical Forests, along with his latest efforts to transform entire Chinese skylines into three-dimensional forests.
We've edited the interview for clarity and length.
What was your inspiration for Vertical Forests?
One of the main issues was with the wind.
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