Recently, Debbie over at Spaceship China, talked about the problem of pollution in China, particularly Beijing. However, the political response hasn’t been 1. to deny that it exists or 2. to bury heads in the sand. Debbie goes on to explain how policy is changing in response to the problem.
Do you follow blogs that you don’t really follow? I’ve realised I’m doing quite a bit of that lately, so popped over to follow what Jeremy is doing over at Make Wealth History. I’m glad I did. His latest post complements Debbie’s very well. He’s kindly allowed me to reblog it.
Here’s a nice update on a previous building of the week – Bosco Verticale, the residential tower blocks in Milan that were designed to create a ‘vertical forest’. After the success of that project, architect Stefano Boeri has had a lot of interest in the idea and a number of other projects have been suggested. Unsurprising, given that these forested towers reduce heating and cooling needs, improve air and noise pollution, lower the urban heat island effect and improve urban biodiversity. And they look brilliant.
Nowhere has shown more interest in the idea than China, where Boeri has worked on an airport terminal, hotels, parks, an office, and a series of large scale concepts. Work is underway on a new tower in Nanjing that will incorporate a museum, a hotel, and a school of sustainable architecture.
It’s appropriate that this has taken off in China. For one thing, it…
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