Carlo Ratti Associati develops digitally controlled shading canopy for Dubai Museum of the Future

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Dubai’s Museum of the Future has collaborated with Italian design and innovation firm Carlo Ratti Associati to develop Sun and Shade, a digitally-controlled canopy that promotes natural cooling four outdoor spaces using solar power energy.

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The first prototype was first unveiled during the World Government Summit as part of the ‘Reimagining Climate Change’ exhibit at the Museum of the Future.

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The project consists of circular mirrors that tilt to different degrees based on the sun’s location and user’s input. Mimicking a sunflower, the mirrors track the sun and move on a double axis while reflecting the sun’s rays away from the ground. This allows for ideal shading and natural cooling levels.

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The reflected waves are focused on a photovoltaic receiver that generates electric power.

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“In developing Sun & Shade we were inspired by the Middle Eastern tradition of shadowing in architecture and public space”, said architect Carlo Ratti.

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“Sun & Shade aims to bring this concept to the next  level, allowing shadowing to be digitally controlled, while reflected sun is concentrated far away, producing heat at a safe distance from people, the space underneath the canopy cools down.”

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