Solar Cities

2020

Company:

MIT Senseable City Laboratory, Boston

Project Website:

Desciption:

Temperate cities like Singapore or Hong Kong are well suited for expanded applications of solar energy. With developments in semi-transparent photovoltaic-cells, we may soon see glass building façades transformed into solar energy harvesters while simultaneously providing passive shading. This research proposes a model to assess the spatiotemporal variation in cities' solar potential more fully: from the roof-tops and facades down to the street-level.

Using 3D modelling techniques, I created this 3D visualisation for the website interface to convey the research's narrative. Visualising a full-year cycle of solar radiation in Hong Kong through a heatmap of the buildings reveals the consistent potential to utilise more aspects of the built environment for solar energy.

Team:

Carlo Ratti  Director
Rui Zhu  Lead Researcher
Paolo Santi  Scientific Advisor
Niklas Hagemann  Website & Visualisation
Tom Benson  3D Visualisation
Fábio Duarte  Design Manager