Istanbul’s new solar-powered phone-charging station can handle 8 devices at once

October 10, 2016 by  
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The multifunctional Mito station is located near a tram station at Istanbul ‘s Taksim Square. Commissioned by Turkish company Verisun, the station allows people to charge their phones and access the Internet. It also features a built-in LCD screen that displays the station and route name, as well as useful information on air temperature and bus or tram arrival times. Related: Chitkara University’s Solar Lounge Offers Style and Comfort in a Compact Clean Energy Charging Station Mito is entirely powered by solar energy thanks to a solar panel installed on its roof, ensuring that no additional pressure is put on the city’s already strained grid to keep people’s phones full of juice. More charging stations are expected to appear in several other cities across Turkey soon, and we think that is great. + Art Lebedev Via Yanko Design

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Green-roofed apartment block in Tehran uses recycled rainwater and reclaimed materials

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Though the Saba Apartment’s sustainable elements are impressive, the building’s most eye-catching features are its wavy timber shutters that cover the street-side grid façade made of square recessed windows. The wooden slats also lend a warm touch to the light-colored stone exterior. The floor-to-ceiling shutters can be swiveled and moved by hand to block unwanted solar gain and for privacy. This double-skin facade and the recessed balconies with double-glazed windows help residents keep cool in the Tehran heat. A garden located in the rear comprises a pool, planting beds, and paving made from recycled railway sleepers. The apartment’s garden-facing facade is made from locally sourced and reclaimed brick and covered with modular vertical planters fed drip irrigation using rainwater harvested from the roof. A green roof tops the building and is integrated with solar panels that generate the energy used for lighting the communal areas. Related: Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading “With the change in people’s lifestyle, development of the cities and the uprising demand for constructing high-rise buildings; this valuable heritage of our ancestors efforts in engaging the architecture with nature has gone obliterated, which has changed into a blurred memory over less than a century,” write the architects. “This project was the result of our efforts in revitalizing this lost heritage and giving a new interpretation to the old concept. Which we believe one of the main reasons of the cultural crisis our society is engaged with nowadays is the result of this abrupt shift in the living space.” + TDC Office Via Dezeen Images via TDC Office

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