What's Better? A Vertical Forest or a Concrete Jungle

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There's a green high-rise in Milan that is turning heads right around the world.

It's not just eco-friendly; it is literally green, thanks to the 20,000 square metres of trees, shrubs, climbers and perennials that spread along and up every floor of the two towers, one of which is 27 storeys.

Appropriately named Vertical Forest, the apartment development was designed by Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra of Boeri Studio, and it features 700 trees, 5000 shrubs, and 15,000 climbers and perennials.

And now, four years on, the average greenery per person is also impressive: two trees, eight shrubs and 40 other plants.

Not surprisingly, all that greenery gobbles up unwanted carbon dioxide, to the tune of 30 tonnes a year, and in return it produces around 20,000 kg of oxygen every year.

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