Can a microclimate be created for the public realm using municipal infrastructures such as groundwater and local materials and production, such as 3d printed clay?


As Toronto is confronted with rising temperatures and socioeconomic diversity, the public realm presents an opportunity for accessible cooler micro-climates for urbanites in the year 2040.

Project: Bachelor of Design Meta Project. 

Duration: September 2018 - April 2019 

Location:  Ontario Collage of Art and Design University. Toronto, Canada.

Advisors: Julian Goss and Luis Angarita.

Seen: GradEx 104 OCADU (May 2019)

Coldness is obtained by consistently circulating groundwater through the interior of each clay structure and back into the cities water lines. Urban heat islands require thermal absorbing surfaces, local clay and additive manufacturing enables on-demand production and replication. Twisted forms redirect turbulent winds down towards the pedestrian level and can be arranged freely by urban planners.