and communal uses – such as roasting food on a sun-heated stone plate.
The canopy is half power infrastructure, half architecture for public space.
With its hybrid nature, it allows us more control over our surroundings. In
the near future, we can envisage extending the canopy to cover streets or
open squares in hot, arid climates allowing people to enjoy the outdoors
all year round. Conversely, in a cold place we could concentrate rays
underneath the canopy, to heat the environment.
The prototype was produced with the consultancy of international
climate engineering firm Transsolar, digital design studio Atmos,
mechanical and electronic engineer FGM Works, and with software
engineering by Tonicminds.
Sun&Shade is part of our ongoing research into using digital
technologies for climate adaptation. Previous projects by the company
include Local Warming (presented at the 2014 Venice Architecture
Biennale), Cloud Cast (unveiled at Dubai’s Museum of Future Government
Services in 2015), and the ongoing renovation of the Agnelli Foundation’s
headquarters in Turin, Italy (due to open in spring 2017). At a time when
climate change is becoming increasingly pressing, Carlo Ratti Associati
aims to explore how architecture can help its prevention and adaptation.
l The Sun&Shade prototype was unveiled in Dubai during the 2017 World
Government Summit. It formed part of the Reimagining Climate Change
exhibit at the Museum of the Future