Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 CTBUH 2013 International Research Seed Funding
Project Started: June 2013
Project Completed:
June 2014
Funding Sponsor:
Arup, via CTBUH 2013 Research Seed Funding
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Elena Giacomello, IUAV
Primary Output

Vertical Greenery: Evaluating the High-Rise Vegetation of the Bosco Verticale, Milan

Research Report, 2015
96 pages, 8.5" W x 11" H

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This Research Report is an in-depth examination of the innovative Bosco Verticale building in Milan which incorporates an incredible living green façade. Using photography and original data presented in engaging graphic formats, this full-color report investigates the general urban plan and design concept, specifics of the implementation of trees at height, and the process for evaluating the health and effectiveness of the plants as part of the building envelope.
The 2013 Research Seed Funding was awarded to a team from Iuav University of Venice, Italy, led by Dr. Elena Giacomello, to fund a study of the radical new “Vertical Forest” (Bosco Verticale); two 75- and 110-meter towers in Milan festooned with exterior vegetation on cantilevered platforms. The team will monitor the Vertical Forest, and build a database in support of a new framework for the green design of tall buildings, and will first publish its findings in the CTBUH Journal. More than 40 organizations from 12 countries applied for the funding, which was sponsored by ARUP. The winner was chosen by the CTBUH’s Research Seed Funding Review Committee.
2013 Funding Sponsor

Project Milestones
2015, June: ASCE Publishes Story on New Research Report
2015, June: Vertical Greenery Research Report Published
2015, February: CTBUH Journal Paper: A New Urban Forest Rises in Milan
2013, June: Italian Team Wins Research Seed Funding
2013, April: Research Seed Funding Review Committee
2013, April: Research Seed Funding Submission Proposals
2013, January: Research Seed Funding Announcement

Dr. Elena Giacomello receives the Research Seed Funding check from CTBUH Chairman Timothy Johnson.

Amount: US$20,000, payable in two equal installments – US$10,000 at initiation and US$10,000 at project completion/delivery of final report.

Key Dates
•    January 2013 – Initiative Formally Launched
•    May 31, 2013 – Proposal Submission Deadline
•    June 11, 2013
Winning proposal recognized during the 2013 London Conference Dinner
•    June 2014 Anticipated Project Completion/Publication

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