Titled Green Obsession: Trees Towards Cities, Humans Towards Forests, the book explores the work that Boeri’s eponymous architecture practice has been doing for the past 15 years to redefine the relationship between the city and nature.
Moderated by Dezeen’s founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, the talk explored some of the book’s central themes, including the role and importance of integrating nature with architecture and urban planning.
The book, published by Actar Publishers and supported by Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, aims to give voice to an ecological transition within architecture, in which cities are designed to support not only human life but all living species.
“We have an obsession: that of creating buildings for trees, which can also be inhabited by humans and even birds,” Boeri said.
“We are also obsessed with designing forest cities, where plants and nature have no less of a presence than humans, and where both create a habitat in which mineral surfaces are reduced to the minimum amount needed for life.”
Other topics explored in the book include the role that communication, politics and economics play within the climate crisis. It includes contributions from ethologist and conservationist Jane Goodall and American environmentalist Paul Hawken, among other experts.
Boeri is best known for designing plant-covered buildings to combat air pollution and counter the effects of deforestation while fostering the connection between humans and nature in urban landscapes.
More recently, Stefano Boeri Architetti completed its first vertical forest in China, comprising two 80-metre residential towers covered in over 400 trees and plants.
The book also includes masterplans of Boeri’s The Green River design, an urban reforestation project for Milan’s unused railways which proposes 45,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide could be absorbed while producing 1,800 tonnes of oxygen.
This talk was produced by Dezeen for Stefano Boeri Architetti as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.
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