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Architect to Build 36-Storey Tower Covered in Evergreen Trees

…the first green building of its kind in the world!

A 384-feet tall structure covered in evergreen trees will soon rise up in Switzerland, courtesy of an Italian architect looking to construct the world’s first truly green building.

Stefano Boeri, an architect and urban planner, who is making it his life’s work to bring biodiversity and sustainable architecture to the world, will soon be building “La Tour des Cedres,” or The Tower of Cedars in Lausanne, Switzerland…

..a 36-storey apartment that will be home to thousands of plants, shrubs and trees

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Boeri, who has a PhD. in architecture from the Iuav University of Venice, is no stranger to blossoming buildings. He has conceptualized and is continuing to build Vertical Forest, a biodiversity project of 367-feet tall twin residential towers in Milan covered in 900 trees, and over 2000 shrubs and floral plants.

His “La Tour des Cedres,” which will host 100 trees, 6000 shrubs, and 18000 plants covering approximately 3000 square meters of living space, will serve to protect the apartments within from harsh urban elements, including dust, air pollution, noise pollution, and strong winds.

Not to mention be an eye-catching landmark in a busy, metropolitan city…

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Towering like a virtual hive over the Chavannes-Près-Renens distrit of Lausanne, the “La Tour des Cedres” will feature overhanging rectangle-shaped terraces constructed out of reinforced concrete panels, and accented by different species of evergreen trees, shrubs, and low-growing plants, while its residents have the privilege of looking out their all-glass balcony walls to enjoy green surroundings…

…as well as the breathtaking view of the cityline.

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The predominantly residential green apartment tower, with different sized apartments of two to five bedrooms each, will also house offices in its first few floors, a gym, and a greenery-bedecked restaurant on the rooftop giving diners a panoramic view of the city, all the way to Lake Geneva.

A view to salivate over…

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With the Tower of Cedars’ evergreen trees, plants and shrubs trapping dust and absorbing carbon dioxide, there will also be an increase in oxygen production to improve the city’s air quality, and play a role in beautifying the Lausanne landscape.

Don’t you just wish your city had this kind of structure, too?

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ISIS Hostage Survivor Reveals ISIS Fear Our Unity More Than Airstrikes

“They fear our unity, more than air strikes.”

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"They fear our unity more than air strikes."

This was what Nicolas Hénin wrote in an article published in The Guardian; he pertained to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Hénin is a French journalist and had survived after being held captive by ISIS for ten months. He met a few of the people behind the group, including a man named Mohammed Emwazi: Jihadi John who nicknamed him "Baldy." He states that much of how we perceive ISIS results from the image that they wish to portray in public, but behind that lies a group of "pathetic street kids drunk on ideology and power."

In his article, Hénin recounted how the jailers would play mock executions to make fun of the captives....

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France Strikes Back With Aerial Assault on ISIS Stronghold

France has dropped 20 bombs on Syria – and this is just the beginning!

As the world mourned the loss of lives following the multiple terrorist attacks around the city of Paris last Friday, November 13, 2015, France President Francois Hollande decided to take swift action by declaring all all-out war against the Islamic State – the group responsible for the attack.

The day after the horrific incident, Hollande gave a speech at Bataclan, one of the sites attacked by the extremists, where he said, “We are going to lead a war which will be merciless.”

France bombared the city of Raqqa in Syria which is known to be an ISIS stronghold.

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Survivor Shares Ordeal During Paris Attacks In A Viral Facebook Post.

This survivor’s Facebook post is both heart-wrenching and inspiring.

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The world was shocked and deeply saddened by Friday's series of coordinated attacks across Paris leaving 130 people dead while hundreds of others were injured. France's President Francois Hollande described it as an "act of war" and promised that France will destroy ISIS, the extremist militant group who claimed responsible for the said attacks.

Along with these heartbreaking news and atrocities are stories of hope--countries united as one in praying and paying tribute to the victims and fighting for world peace, including the inspiring stories of survivors and strangers who become their heroes.

One of the survivors from the Bataclan attack is 22-year-old Isobel Bowdery from Cape Town, South Africa. Bowdery was in the Bataclan concert hall for the Eagles of Death Metal concert last Friday. The former student from Cape Town University said she "pretended to be dead for over an hour" when terrorists started shooting random people inside the stadium where over 80 people died. In a recent Facebook post, she also recounts her horrific experience which quickly went viral and many people moved by her powerful story. ...

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