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Renzo Piano sapling plan abandoned

Published 23/04/2010 | 07:22

Renzo Piano's plan to plant 90,000 trees in Milan has been abandoned
Renzo Piano's plan to plant 90,000 trees in Milan has been abandoned

Architect Renzo Piano says a project to plant 90,000 trees in the Italian city of Milan in honour of Claudio Abbado's return to La Scala has been abandoned.

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Piano expressed his regrets at the project's failure in a page-one article published in daily newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Piano wrote that 100,000 trees offset the smog of 5,000 vehicles, lower urban temperatures and reduce humidity. They also "create a balance that is the secret of a happy city".

Abbado had requested 90,000 trees to be planted to mark his return in June to La Scala after 24 years.

Italian news reports say the city - after initially supporting the idea - says the project is too costly. City hall said it was preparing a response.

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