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"The cost of the prototype was high, but once you produce it on a larger scale, it could go down to around $100 per square meter," he says.

"We've already received several requests for developing this to fit a broader space," adds Ratti.

The prototype was unveiled at Dubai's 2017 World Government Summit in February at the exhibition "Climate Change Reimagined" at a pop-up version of Dubai's Museum of the Future. The permanent museum is currently under construction and set to open in 2018.

Run by the Dubai Future Foundation, the exhibition showcased designs that can help cities adapt to a changing climate.

From robotics and AI to self-driving cars and 3D printing, the museum will showcase world-leading innovations that transform urban areas.

Run by the Dubai Future Foundation, the exhibition showcased designs that can help cities adapt to a changing climate.

Adapting to rising temperatures

"It's about trying to understand the realities of climate change and how we might be able to turn the challenges of the coming decades into opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship," says Noah Raford, chief operating officer at the Dubai Future Foundation.

Raford sees more renewable technologies being used across Dubai, and solar power in particular, with several solar farms currently under construction in the desert.

"There's plenty of sunshine in Dubai, and the government hope to reach 75%renewables by 2050."

Shade reimagined

The digital canopy was included in the exhibition as an example of creating digitally responsive environments, Raford says. "It was the cherry on top."

Ratti hopes to see shade "reimagined" in cities which are vulnerable to rising temperatures.

He says: "We see big potential for architecture to help us work with something we call climate remediation, which is about creating small micro climates that can help us fight against climate change in the future."

via CNN

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