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      • This is
        believed to be the first project of its kind
      • It is also considered the largest passive shading and ventilation device in
        the Country which does not require the use of air conditioning
      • Rendering and designs of the climate ribbon show it as a melding of sculpture and science that will create breezes
        to passively cool the space
      • The Climate Ribbon works as sophisticated environmental management system
      • The primary objective is to provide the finest
        environmental quality within the shopping center.
      • An upper glazed “skin” provides rain protection and solar filtering. A continuous series of fabric blades provides
        sun shading. Climate Ribbon surfaces are inclined and sloped to channel rainwater to specific collection points
        where it is stored and re-used for planting irrigation and other purposes.
        Fabric blades are fixed to the underside of the steel framing, forming a sinuous and fluid ceiling to the public
        streetscape(fig.10). The angles of the blades are determined by the parametric solar studies, varying as a function of
        the built context and sun angles. Fabric is a material that is curvable and twistable and can achieve the variable paths
        to the blades that the solar studies require. It is stretched on steel framed skeletons with a gently curved tube for
        lower member. The fluid surface is a complementary contrast to the angular facets of the glazed topography. It is an
        expression of the fluidity of a breeze and at the same time a reference to the traditional sun shading louvers of
        colonial and period architecture that provide soft and indirect light.

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