Thursday, 27 November 2014

Green living in a big city

I saw this and had to share it with you. These buildings are very beautiful and the concept is fantastic!

Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) comprises two landscaped towers that between them contain 113 apartments offering expansive views across the city. It was inaugurated in Milan, Italy, in October 2014.

The residential towers were designed by Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra. It also involved input from horticulturalists and botanists.

Each individual dwelling features a private garden which protects interior living space from acoustic pollution, dust particles, harsh winds and direct sunlight. At roof level, photovoltaic panels contribute to the self-sufficiency of the complex, while greywater from the building is filtered and reused to irrigate the site.

On November 19, 2014, Bosco Verticale won the International Highrise Award, honouring excellence in recently constructed buildings that stand a minimum of 100 meters (328 feet) tall. The five finalists were selected from 26 nominees in 17 countries.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Peter and I would like to wish all our WTIOC friends a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The morning after

Amy sent us a collection of photos depicting various animals that appear to be feeling very sorry for themselves. I think it's interesting how we tend to find animals displaying human traits very funny, considering that animals would never indulge in certain human behaviours... Thank you, Amy!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Building bridges

I like the concept of bridges. They link people and that's what's cool about them. They can be incredibly beautiful as well...