In the center of Milan, close to the Argentinian architect César Pelli’s Unicredit Tower, rise two new residential skyscrapers – 112 and 80 meters tall, with 73 and 40 apartment units, respectively – on whose facades grow over a million different vegetal species. The ‘bosco verticale’ project of Boeri’s firm, construction of which began in 2008, is conceived as an architectural and botanical experiment, and defined by the concept of metropolitan reforestation. Staggered balconies of concrete contain trees, shrubs, and creepers, among other plants, with the aim of creating microclimates for the dwellings. Vegetation reduces energy consumption by regulating the entrance of sunlight, and acts as a protective barrier against noise and dust particles. While photovoltaic panels contribute to the self-sufficiency of the complex, graywater is reused for irrigation.
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an
architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works
and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English
texts placed side by side.
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story,
works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013
on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed
on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details),
heretofore only laterally dealt with in the other two magazines.