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Shooting high for an environmental game-changer

The name pretty much sums it all up: Bosco Verticale—Italian for “Vertical Forest.” Once completed, Italian architect Stefano Boeri’s two residential buildings—one 26 stories high and the other 18—will offer Milanese condo dwellers a unique chance to look out onto a lushly arboreal “landscape,” no matter what floor they live on. Other condo buildings might throw in free balcony furniture; at Bosco Verticale, they throw in free balcony trees. And we’re not just talking a four-foot potted ficus here. We’re talking big, leafy shade trees, like maples, beeches, cherries, and oaks that are anywhere from 10 to 20 feet tall.

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