Gallery: 3D Printed Sand Pods Create Cooling Microclimates

 
These sand pods are created using rapid prototyping printing process that layers sand in a complicated structure to create a large surface area.

Traditional desert architecture often utilizes passive design elements such as wind towers and earthen walls to minimize solar heat gain. PostlerFerguson’s microclimate pods offer another approach that could serve as art installations while working to help cool public areas. The sand pods would be placed in plazas, squares, or along streets, and the evaporative cooling action from the pods would lower the temperature of their immediate surroundings.

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