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Bosco verticale (vertical forest) is more than just a concept. Finally.

 Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a project for metropolitan reforestation that contributes to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. Bosco Verticale is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city. It is a model that operates correlated to the policies for reforestation and naturalization of the large urban and metropolitan borders (Metrosbosco). Metrobosco and Bosco Verticale are devices for the environmental survival of contemporary European cities. Together they create two modes of building links between nature and city within the territory and within the cities of contemporary Europe.

The first example of a Bosco Verticale composed of two residential towers of 110 and 76 meters height, will be realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighbourhood, and will host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 m tall) apart from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants.
On flat land, each Bosco Verticale equals, in amount of trees, an area equal to 10.000 sqm of forest. In terms of urban densification the equivalent of an area of single family dwellings of nearly 50.000 sqm.
The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates and produces energy. The Bosco Verticale aids in the creation of a microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect from radiation and acoustic pollution, improving the quality of living spaces and saving energy. Plant irrigation will be produced to great extent through the filtering and reuse of the grey waters produced by the building. Additionally Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will contribute, together with the aforementioned microclimate to increase the degree of energetic self sufficiency of the two towers. The management and maintenance of the Bosco Verticale’s vegetation will be centralised and entrusted to an agency with an office counter open to the public.

Project information

location: Milano, Italy
year: 2007 (on going)
client: Hines Italia
built area: 40.000 sqm
budget: 65.000.000,00€

All images ©Boeri Studio


via: Stefano Boeri


Upside Down Houses

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It is quite debatable whether upside down houses are architectural splendor or crazy creations. It is even more confusing whether these buildings are suitable for practical use. Whatever might be the topic of argument regarding these upside down architectural structures, some of the famous buildings around the world are really upside down.This article will give you an idea of some of the renowned buildings of the word which are totally upside down.


1.Upside down restaurant in Japan.


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upside down structure in JapanThis building is a hotel in Japan

Located at the Matsumoto city in Japan, this restaurant is an architect’s surprise. This restaurant, which is named as the Sakasa Restaurant has been designed carefully so that the interior part of the building, the lighting, furniture, fixture and everything seem to appear upside down. This is again confusing as to how much satisfied the customers feel while enjoying their food here.

2. Upside down building in Florida, USA.


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Sunrise golf club in FloridaUpside down building designed by Norman Johnson

The upside down building at Florida in USA is the Sunrise Golf Village, designed by Norman Johnson. It seems that the building rests on the tip of the tilted thatch. From the furniture, all the indoor container plants to everything inside the building is kept upside down. Only the signboard in the courtyard and the palm tree is exempted from the weird idea of the architect of this building.

3. Upside down church in Canada.



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This church, known as Device to Root Out Evil, is designed by Dennis Oppenheim of USA. This 25 feet tall building, having aluminum frames with red tinted glass in the windows was first installed at Vancouver in Canada. Later it was shifted to Calgary in Alberta. The whole upside down church rests on the tip of its chimney. But this architectural design was rejected and considered as inappropriate for the campus of Stanford University by its President.

4. Upside down buildings at Florida and Tenessee in USA.



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The famous upside down building in Florida is an amusement center. It has two branches, one in Orlando and another in Florida. It resembles a giant sized White House while its axis has been turned around.

5. Upside down building in Germany.


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building in GermanyBuilding in Germany

Situated in the island of Usedom in Germany, this upside down building is known as Die Welt Steht Kopf which in English means, the world stands on its head. It is designed by Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk, who incorporated this theme of upside-down in the interior of this building too. Thus, each and every furniture, décor and everything is turned upside down.

6. Upside down house in Russia.



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This upside down house is found in St. Petersburg in Russia. It seems that the tip of the house has turned around and poked its head on the ground. But the dog house that is outside does not follow this queer rule.

7. Upside down building in Poland.


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upside down house at PolandThis house is a silent protect against the then reigning political scenario

Situated in the village of Szymbark in Poland, this upside down house was built by Daniel Czapiewski, who was a renowned businessman and philanthropist of that area. The owner of this house hired carpenters and laborers from St. Petersburg to work on his project. It took 114 days to complete the architecture. He satirized the follies and faults of the Communist era by this architectural design of his house.


via: designbuzz

Wayfinding using Lenticular Film

Can you control a crowd with nothing more than an optical illusion? A group of researchers at Tokyo’s University of Electro-Communications think so. They are developing a lenticular lens sidewalk that would keep people moving in both directions on their own side of the walkway.

(all images via: DigInfo)

Lenticular lenses use a type of optical illusion involving a curved edge and an underlying image to simulate movement – just like those “moving” Valentines and stickers many of us played with as children. The theoretical walkways would use simple images of stripes moving toward the right to keep people on the right-hand side of the walkway.

How would moving stripes control a crowd? It’s simple: most of us use visual cues to keep us balanced while we walk. As we see the stripes subtly moving to the right, we naturally follow the movement with our eyes and then our bodies. Pedestrians may not even be aware that they are being sneakily guided.

The walkways would also be a great benefit even if people were aware of them and knew how they worked since they could be used as a sort of low-tech guidance system. In a crowded situation where people are disoriented, the moving stripes would act as a simple way to guide them in the right direction. The display uses no electricity so it would be relatively simple and low-cost.

Since lenticular lenses have not been used in this way before, it is not yet clear how well they would hold up to continued pedestrian traffic. Research into the crowd control capabilities of this intriguing idea is ongoing; don’t be surprised if you see a “moving” sidewalk like this in your city one day soon.

Making gas tanks appear less dangerous, friendly

Though Japan’s troubled nuclear plants have hogged the spotlight of late, atomic power only provides about 20% of the Asian nation’s energy needs. Petroleum products provide much of the rest, and the Japanese countryside is dotted with huge, spherical LNG storage tanks just crying out for a makeover. Artists have taken up the challenge, transforming otherwise bland and generic gas tanks into these bright and beautiful baubles.


Oh The Humanity!

(images via: Pink and Tokyo Nylon Girls)

Is there anything in Japan that doesn’t sport a smiley face? The list is certainly short – and it just got shorter, thanks to the nice people atShibata Gas. Like so many Japanese companies, Shibata Gas shows a friendly face to the public by employing a mascot, in this case “Nicotan”. That’s Nicotan’s blissful visage above, gazing out from the side of a gas storage tank in Japan’s Niigata prefecture, in the country’s northeast.

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If you feel a cute smiley face is out of place on a colossal gas storage tank, consider the alternative: the face of the above Shibata Gas executive, shown at the recent “Great Thanksgiving Nikotan Gas Exhibition.”

(images via: and Materialicious)

Above top is another Nicotan gas storage tank, this one located alone in a more urban setting nuzzling up to an equally friendly Eco Station. Would a Nicotan tank appear so peaceful and reassuring if, say, there were an accidental explosion of some sort? Let’s not go there. Instead, we’ll wonder how this enormous gas tank would look covered in cozy, cuddly plush fabric.

Spheres Of The Unknown

(images via: Tokyo Area BlogTop World Affair and Tokyo Nylon Girls)

Sometimes Japanese gas companies will decorate their storage tanks for a specific reason, usually promotion-related, but many of the decorated tanks seem to state no particular message. How to interpret the simple eyes & mouth on the mint green gas tank at above left, or the childlike tandem bicycle procession rendered in fresh primary colors?

(images via: A & M Co., Ltd. and Manisha Kundu-Nagata)

This pretty gas tank owned by Hachinohe Gas above is more focused, evoking the colors and creatures of the nearby Hachinohe Marient Museum (above, lower right). The text on the tank reads “Green Energy – Hachinohe Gas.”

Flower Power

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Here’s a rather large gas storage tank beautified by the addition of Japanese Irises encircling its midsection. One can’t argue the fact that what was once a drab, dreary industrial landscape has been enlivened by the illusion of a lush, colorful, virtual flower garden.

Melon Mania


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Everyone loves melons, amiright? And when it comes to melons, bigger is better, agreed? If you’re with me so far, then you’re gonna love the larger than life melon that is the pride of Tomisato in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo. Tomisato City is the second largest watermelon producing district in Japan, which explains the sweet paint job sported by a gas tank at Park No. 2 of the Tomisato Second Industrial Complex.

More Melon Mania

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Where there’s one melon, you’ll probably find another: this one’s located in Takizawa, Iwate prefecture in northern Honshu. Takizawa’s claim to fame is that it’s the “largest village in Japan” with a population of just under 53,000 (2003). Like Tomisato, Takizawa is known for its summer watermelons and that presumably includes this enormous painted gas storage tank.

The Power Of Tradition

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Gas storage tanks can be found all over the world but someone suddenly confronted by this pair of tanks won’t have much trouble discerning where they are. Folk tales, legends and historical themes are popular subjects for gas tank art in Japan, and the above rendering of Hikari-chan and Gatto-kun on the tank at above right is a prime example.

Kickin’ The (Gas) Can

(images via: KanshinNekotokenchiku and Odai)

The giant soccer ball above hails from the city of Kiryu in Gunma prefecture. The owner of the tank, Kiryu Gas, ordered the distinctive black & white paint job as a tribute to the 2002 FIFA World Cup hosted by Japan and Korea. Note the meticulous landscaping around – and even under – the huge tank. Were those twisted trees trimmed to look like bonsai, adding to the illusion of a gas storage tank as a soccer ball?

Oky Doky, Tokkikki!

(images via: Sculpture Of TimeWeblioHappy Sunflower and Pink Tentacle)

Back to Niigata, a city that seems to host more than its fair share of decorated gas tanks – not that there’s anything wrong with that. The matching pair above feature Tokkikki, an official prefectural mascot based on the Japanese Ibis.

Does This Tank Make Me Look Fat?

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This pair of gas storage tanks can be found in Yamaguchi, in southwestern Japan on the island of Kyushu. Each tank features the chubby-cheeked countenance of an Ouchi doll, one of Yamaguchi’s traditional handicrafts.

Dazzle Tank

(images via: Tokyo Nylon Girls)

In 1997, Tokyo Gas company decided their 21-meter diameter, 5,000 cubic meter capacity gas storage tank in the city of Kofu could do with some freshening up. The result resembles the jagged “Dazzle” camouflage used on warships in the early part of the 20th century.

(image via: Odai)

Kofu’s “dazzle tank” employs contrasting yet subdued hues meant to symbolize the roof tiles and plastered stone walls of the former Maizuru Castle, where legendary warlord Takeda Shingen ruled over 400 years ago.

James, We Found Your Giant Peach

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Sometimes you want to blend in, sometimes you don’t. This is a prime example of the latter. In the spring of 2009, Okayama Gas commissioned a renewal project for their gas storage tank located outside the city of Akaiwa. By July the temporary scaffolding was taken down and the result… let’s just say it looks peachy.

(images via: Kommt and Kooraku and Charchan)

Akaiwa sits smack dab in peach country, so much like Tomisato’s Big Watermelon, the Okayama Gas storage tank does double duty by advertising the area’s most important cash crop. Are you listening, Georgia?

Kirby’s Fun Park

(images via: PD Design and Dotter Dotter)

A Nintendo Kirby gas tank farm? In my prefecture? It’s more likely than you think… well, maybe not. This pink petro-paradise is merely a design study but hey, why not? If energy utilities want to soften their image, all it would take is a little imagination… and a LOT of pink paint.

Really Big Blue Marble

(image via: Savannah @ Southeast Roads)

Never mind a mine shaft gap, is anyone worried about an artistic gas storage tank gap? It’s not as if the USA isn’t trying – just take The Savannah Globe, or World Globe Gas Storage Tank as it’s sometimes called. This tank has been showing off its down-to-earth exterior since the late 1950s but the most recent renovation in the year 2000 puts it light years ahead of any other tank. The detail is amazing, approximating images beamed back from orbiting satellites. You can even see a hurricane bearing down on Savannah… uh oh.


via weburbanist


All New York Buildings Will Have QR Codes By 2013

New York City’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the use of Quick Response or QR codes (which are something like a smartphone-readable barcode) on building permits, to provide New Yorkers with easy access to information related to buildings and construction sites throughout the city.

Smartphone users who scan a QR code on a construction permit in New York, according to a press release from the mayor’s office, will get “details about the ongoing project – including the approved scope of work, identities of the property owner and job applicant, other approved projects associated with the permit, [and] complaints and violations related to the location.”

The QR codes will link users to a mobile version of the Department of Buildings Information System, and will give them the option to click a link that will initiate a phone call to the city’s 311 phone service, where they can register a complaint about noise, safety or other concerns.

As permits at 975,000 building and construction sites that already have them are replaced, they will have QR codes added; all New York City permits are expected to have QR codes by roughly 2013.

Source: TechCrunch