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The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Covered in plant life, the building aids in balancing the microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment (Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe). The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect the building from radiation and acoustic pollution. This not only improves the quality of living spaces, but gives way to dramatic energy savings year round.

Paris’s ‘Pyramid Project’

Paris unveiled plans for a pyramid-shaped tower in the south-west of the capital, the first new high-rise building to be built in the French capital for 30 years. The construction of the pyramid – up to 200 metres tall – is due to begin in 18 months.

Designed by Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the tower will stand near the Porte de Versailles congress centre south of the Eiffel and Montparnasse towers — the two giants of today’s Paris skyline. More here.

A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station … And one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral, a celebration of growth and light.

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