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Ansa, within the special 100 of these Calvino, dedicated to the centenary of the writer’s birth, recounts the inspirations that from Calvino’s writings have led to projects, books, television series, songs and even skyscrapers, such as the Bosco Verticale in Milan, designed by Boeri Studio (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra).

One of the philosophical concepts behind the creation of the Bosco Verticale, a symbol of the integration of nature and the city, was, in fact, The Baron in the Trees, written by Calvino in 1957: “This idea of the possibility of a life spent standing on the branches of trees in a forest was an enzyme that worked for years in my way of thinking about architecture. I owe my obsession with trees to Cosimo Piovasco di Rondò, the little Baron who one evening in 1767 in Ombrosa, a small town in western Liguria, decided at the age of 12 to leave the ground and live in trees the rest of his life,” Stefano Boeri explains.

The article also includes other people who have found inspiration in Calvino, in different artistic fields, such as Susanna Tamaro, Colapesce e Dimartino or Giovanni Soldini.

“I think at the end of the day with a lot of modesty and humility, an attempt to really flesh out this seemingly impossible but that Calvino presents to us as entirely plausible idea of being able to come down from the branches of a forest to experience the city, to experience social relations and history, a little bit with the vertical forest we have tried to implement it,” concludes Stefano Boeri.

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