Floating structures naturally cool urban spaces

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Buildings in warmer urban centers require costly and energy-consuming air conditioning to keep them cool — we recently saw an office tower designed to use natural air currents to regulate temperatures sustainably. Taking also from biomimicry, Spanish architect Nina Gonzalez Vives wants to use the evaporation hot buildings produce to keep them cool without relying on air conditioning. The Clouds Observatory has been installed at a test roof-space in Madrid. Constructed of ‘floating’ plastic structures, it sees low hanging cloud-like urban rooftops — the aim is to create a cooling system that can be easily fitted as an alternative to…

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