A Vertical Forest is the book in which Stefano Boeri speaks about the project that has since become, even before it was finished, one of Milan’s most emblematic buildings. An attempt to introduce a concept to architecture that, until now, has been completely disconnected: biodiversity. The Vertical Forest is not only a building to be inhabited by humans, but also by other creatures such as birds and insects, who have been driven out of our cities by the unstoppable dominance of cement.
This book is divided into four parts “Humans and trees”, a piece by Stefano Boeri who speaks of the birth and development of the project; “Tales from the vertical forest”, with some short stories from Stefano Boeri illustrated by Zosia Dzierżawska; “Vertical Forest: Learning from VF1”, which models the experience to allow for export and the “Illustrated dictionary of the vertical forest in 100 items”, which gathers together some of the key points from the project.
Stefano Boeri, the Milan-based architect and urban planner, presents his extraordinary model for sustainable residential buildings. First realised in Milan in 2014, Boeri’s project for metropolitan reforestation intends to regenerate the environment and urban biodiversity without expanding the city. In short, the vertical forest is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city, both a thriving ecosystem and an ever-changing urban landmark. This book offers an in-depth exploration of the concept, its feasibility, functionality, and future possibilities. Also featured is an illustrated dictionary of the vertical forest, with scientific details on its diverse flora and fauna.