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Cool it or Lose it

Cool it or Lose it

Cool it or Lose it

How could we adapt to a hotter future?

With summer heat waves becoming longer, hotter, and more frequent in the coming decades this future explores how creative design and strategic placement of shade in the urban core can reduce heat exposure for Valley residents while maintaining a vibrant and healthy community feel.



Iconic changes in this future include gradual increases in tree canopy, solar shading techniques, and urban density. By 2060, the city has achieved a 50% shade cover (green and grey), is a leader is solar energy production, and requires residential greywater recycling in all new and existing homes.

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