Research Project

New “Vertical Forest” (Bosco Verticale)

Project Start: June 2013
Project Completion: June 2014
Principal Investigators: Elena Giacomello, IUAV University of Venice

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.


Funding Partner

Research Output

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

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About the Funding Partner

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through their work, they make a positive difference in the world—they shape a better world.


Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms.This unconventional approach to design springs in part from Arup’s ownership structure.


The firm is owned in trust on behalf of its staff. The result is a spirit of independence that is reflected in the firm’s work, and in its dedicated pursuit of technical excellence.



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