PROJECT STATUS: 1/4-scale prototyping, flight testing + data analysis
EXHIBITIONS: Design Week Ft. Wayne, Ft. Wayne IN., 2016; Philadelphia Design Week, 2017.
DESCRIPTION: cloudMAGNET researches the co-dependencies between material, form, energy, and environment, through the design and fabrication of a series of environmentally performative kites within the cloud forest in Monteverde, CostaRica. Cloud forests have been rapidly disappearing due to climate change and deforestation. Rising global temperatures cause a cloud-lifting effect raising the cloud cover above the tree canopy and forest ecosystem that depend on constant moisture and humidity to support its life. The impetus for this project is to explore the ways by which design can contribute to the stabilization of the atmosphere and the restoration of the forest.

Initial Formal Studies. Image by Rashida Ng

Final Forms for Testing in Costa Rica

Winding Patterns

Test scaffolding

Selection of Early Prototypes

CFRP Programming

Project Site: Monteverde, Costa Rica

CFRP Structure in Compressed Form for Shipping

CFRP Structure in Uncompressed Form in Costa Rica

Application of Phase Change Material (PCM) to the kites lightweight skin

CFRP/Skin Detail

Assembly of Electronics System On-Site

Internal Processor/Sensor Setup

Three Kite Prototypes in the Cloud Forest for Testing

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