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A few residential high-rises in Milan have thousands of plants on their exterior.

Curbed reports that Italian architect Stefano Boeri has created a concept called “Vertical Forest,” where two towers with more than 100 apartments have 800 trees, 5,000 shrubs, and 11,000 plants.

The goal is to improve air quality around and inside the buildings. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen, and they also provide shade, keep temperatures cool, and filter out noise pollution.

As cities continue to grapple with air pollution, housing shortages, and climate change, these vertical forests could very well be the residential typology we need for the future. And you can certainly expect to see more of them.

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