So it looks like U of T (Gooooooooo Varsity Blues!) *ahem* is designing the first vertical forest in Toronto. The eco-friendly condo is set to have 400-500 trees added to it's design. We can only imagine what other "Green" features it will have. Energy saving windows? Nest Thermostats perhaps? Anything is possible. To quote Alicia Keys, concrete jungles are where dreams are made of..
The design team, led by architect Brian Brisbin, includes Robert Wright, the University of Toronto’s dean of the Faculty of Forestry and an associate professor in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.
The building's design challenges include planting 400 to 500 trees on a vertical structure, which is to be located off Davenport Road, and making sure the trees receive sufficient irrigation and can withstand Toronto's harsh winters.
The health of the building’s trees will be monitored by a group at U of T and the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.
“What we’re doing is prototyping how to do this and by monitoring it, we’re going to know where the strengths and weaknesses of the system are and, maintaining it, we’re going to do a better job of making sure these things survive,” Robert Wright.
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