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Rentable Tree Trolleys Are Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots, Parked Like Cars

Rentable Tree Trolleys Are Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspots, Parked Like Cars

Prompted by a lack of tree-shaded spots to sit under in his adopted city of Milan, product designer Matteo Cibic wondered, "If you can pay to park your car in front of your house or office, why can’t you also pay to have a tree right there?" It's an appealing question that led to Cibic's design of this mobile "tree trolley" where conceptually, a "tree is parked like a car" for the enjoyment of everyone, with the ultimate goal of quickly greening cities one parking spot at a time, rather than going down the route of expensive and time-intensive urban projects. © Matteo Cibic But in today's hyper-connected age, a mere tree by itself might not pass muster, so the trolley also acts as a communal wi-fi hotspot that could replace the "electro smog" of many private ones. Cibic says that he sees the rentable trolley as a providing a host of community-oriented services: It would ma...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/mobile-wifi-bench-...

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