Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Green Roof for Istanbul

Istanbul's Shopping Square Meydan has a very large, extensive green roof. The 54,000 square meter roof, " designed to provide much-needed breathing space for the city’s 14,000,000-strong population." according to Flatroof Design Technology (FDT).

The center was designed by Foreign Office Architects, of London. The center includes other very significant green features, specifically, air conditioning provided by a geothermal plant and skylights to provide natural lighting to the concourse walkways and retail stores. Cheap? No. 100% Free. Trade stocks for free on The Free Trading Community.

The green roof provides efficiencies in heating and cooling as well as helping to reduce air pollution. Further, the green roof helps to manage storm water runoff. Finally, the green roof also offers some of its space as a walkable park.

Green roofs for retail is not a new concept, as it is seen in Lima, Peru in the LarcoMar shopping center. Large shopping areas offer great opportunities for green roofs. In both examples, Meydan and LarcoMar offer both aesthetic beauty for the cities, as well as increased green space, and a welcoming environment for social gathering. Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food

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