carlo ratti associati's cloud cast tests new climate control systems
 
carlo ratti associati's cloud cast tests new climate control systems carlo ratti associati's cloud cast tests new climate control systems
feb 10, 2015

carlo ratti associati's cloud cast tests new climate control systems

carlo ratti associati’s cloud cast tests new climate control systems
image courtesy of matt cottam, tellart

 

 

 

present at the museum of future government services during the UAE summit, the experimental, digitally responsive ‘cloud cast’ designed by carlo ratti associati, uses motion tracking and ceiling-mounted misting elements to provide people with localized cooling. the project is part of a larger range of studies on location-based temperature control systems and is exploring methods on how to make public spaces in cities such as dubai, be more livable.

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it was unveiled at the UAE summit on 9-11 february
image courtesy of pietro leoni

 

 

 

‘evaporative cooling has been used for centuries in the arabic peninsula and is still more energy efficient than, say, air conditioning. it is based on generating a cloud of mist that cools the air around it while it evaporates,’ explains professor carlo ratti, director of MIT senseable city lab and founder of the design office carlo ratti associati.

 

‘in traditional systems, however, a lot of energy and water are consumed for cooling outdoor spaces, even when sparsely used. in our project, we focus misting on people, gaining order of magnitudes in efficiency.’

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the installation recognizes visitors via sensors which activates a bi-dimensional array of actuators
image courtesy of pietro leoni

 

 

 

‘urban life in all its diversity unfolds before us when we are on foot. we trust that by improving the conditions for pedestrians in dubai, it is possible not only to strengthen pedestrian traffic, but also -and most importantly- strengthen city life’ says pietro leoni from carlo ratti associati.

 

‘moreover, we think that our canopy can contribute to a more diverse and attractive urban environment.’

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image courtesy of pietro leoni

 

 

 

in urban environments, the hot climate of the united arab emirates who’s average summer temperature is 40°C, discourages people from living and walking outside of air-conditioned buildings. in response to the problems caused by this unpleasant and unforgiving desert conditions, the ‘cloud cast’ aims to create mobile, active vapours of fresh air that follows walkers as they move under canopies.

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the installation at the museum of future government services in dubai
image courtesy of pietro leoni

 

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image courtesy of silvia boschiero

 

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view from beneath the canopy
image courtesy of silvia boschiero

 

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image courtesy of silvia boschiero

 

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the personal clouds would cool the walkers
image courtesy of carlo ratti associati

 

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image courtesy of carlo ratti associati

 

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cloud cast belongs to a larger array of studies on location-based temperature control infrastructures
image courtesy of pepefotografia

 

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the system comprises of motion trackers and ceiling-mounted misting elements
image courtesy of pepefotografia

 

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the elements emit mist as people pass under

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