Local Warming

“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.

Presented at:

Architecture Biennale
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.

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