A few days ago, Stefano Boeri Architetti presented the Vertical Forest skyscraper project at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, designed for Dubai: two towers, 190 and 150 meters high, which include 2,640 trees and 27,600 shrubs on the facades, combined with a system of greenhouses and hydroponic gardens. Also, COP 28 will take place from 6-17 November 2023 in Dubai, UAE.
Great attention in this project has been given to the water cycle’s management as well as to energy from renewable sources, thanks to the photovoltaic surfaces that will be able to produce 5100 kWh of energy clean, stored with a system of hydrogen batteries that will also power the processes linked to the building’s water cycle. Among other aspects, research is underway aimed at identifying construction technologies, materials, and strategies for optimizing the water cycle and waste management to transform them into useful resources to ensure the sustainability of the building life cycle.
Boeri said at COP27, “A green and sustainable building for a city that is surrounded by the desert and therefore in very difficult climatic conditions but today it is possible to do so and think, even in Dubai, of building sustainable buildings in terms of energy, self-sufficient, green, which use very little water, which it is recycled, and that they use the energy of the Sun and the wind. This is the challenge of the next few years.”
The project, commissioned by Impact One, represents the first prototype of Vertical Forest for the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) areas, with the ambition of combining the advantages of urban forestry with innovations as part of the management of the water system in arid climates and the optimization of energy production from renewable sources.
During COP27, Stefano Boeri brought the “San Marino Declaration”, an appeal signed by Stefano Boeri with Norman Foster and the Professional Orders at the 83rd session of the UNECE Committee (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) in San Marino. “It is an appeal to architects, builders, planners, and administrators to change the future of our cities starting from the construction of new buildings or from the development of an idea of sustainability for existing buildings,” said Boeri.