“Around the hearth the first groups assembled; around it the first alliances formed; around it the first rude religious concepts were put into the customs of a cult. Throughout all phases of society the hearth formed that sacred focus around which the whole took order and shape.”
Gottfried Semper, The Four Elements of Architecture
A staggering amount of energy is wasted on heating empty offices, homes and partially occupied buildings. Local warming addresses this asymmetry in a radical way, by synchronizing human presence with climate control.
A rank of responsive infrared heating elements are guided by sophisticated motion tracking, creating a precise personal (and personalized) climate for each occupant. Individual thermal ‘clouds’ follow people through space, ensuring ubiquitous comfort while improving overall energy efficiency by orders of magnitude.
14th International Architecture Exhibition
Venice, Giardini and Arsenale,
7th June to 23rd November 2014
Opening times: 10 am – 6 pm
by MIT Senseable City Lab.
Accompanied by a great team, Miriam Roure was the Project Lead.