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Vertical forests: This tree-clad tower would be a first in Canada

from Globe and Mail

The design asks blunt questions. Would you rather see trees or more glass and steel? A building that tries to mitigate its impact on the urban climate, or one that contributes to the heat-island effect? A tower that's a beacon for migrating birds and butterflies, or that further disrupts their flight? That absorbs carbon dioxide, or doesn't? When architect Brian Brisbin of the Toronto firm Brisbin Brook Beynon first started experimenting with the idea of nature being integral to office and home design, the questions were gentler. more

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