Collective Cooling

09. 2018

05. 2019

Project: Batchelor of Design Thesis Project

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Context: 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. This research project explores outdoor thermal heat sinks made of 3D printing clay.

Cooling Properties

Coldness is primarily achieved by consistently circulating chilled groundwater through the interior of each structure and back into the cities water lines.

redirection of air flow

thermal absorption

and of course shade

Additive Manufacturing

Allows for centralized production in combination with the use of locally abundant materials; clay, concrete, aggregate and water. Forms are made to order without the need for print supports.

Briar Gill

Summer 2020