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A wind tower is a traditional Iranian architectural element to create natural ventilation in buildings. The devices were used in ancient Iranian architecture. Windcatchers remain present in Iran and can also be found in traditional Persian-influenced architecture throughout West Asia, including in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
One of the most common uses of the windcatcher is to cool the inside of the dwelling; it is often used in combination with courtyards and domes as overall ventilation and heat management strategy. It is essentially a tall, capped tower with one face open at the top. Windcatchers tend to have one, four, or eight openings. In the city of Yazd, all windcatchers are four- or eight-sided. (Wikipedia)

I was fascinated with these wind towers in Yazd. Later, I was surprised to see them also in the old part of Dubai. here the wind towers and their reflections in the main square of Yazd.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12536 W: 133 N: 32298] (148899)
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