The Center for Architecture in New York City shines a light on solar energy with "Sunny Memories," a new exhibit that looks the future of solar panels in design.
Solar panels are no longer just silver boxes on roofs. A new generation of solar cells harnesses solar energy through flexible, colored or even transparent surfaces, creating endless possibilities for innovation at the crossroads of design, engineering and architecture. An energy-producing portable speaker, public park furniture that glows at night, a sensor-based mailbox that sends SMS when full and a refrigerator that can keep itself cool off the grid: these are amongst the 28 exciting projects that are in Sunny Memories, on view at the Center for Architecture May 13 to June 5, to coincide with the 22nd International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
In "Sunny Memories," four leading design schools explored the broad new realm of technology, energy, and design that solar dye cells have heralded. Led by the EPFL+ECAL Lab, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the "Sunny Memories" workshops took place in collaboration with the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL), the California College of the Arts (CCA), the Royal College of Art in London (RCA) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris (ENSCI).
Opening Party: Sunny Memories
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, between Bleecker and West 3rd streets.
Also, families should join the Center for Architecture Foundation on Saturday, May 15, for FamilyDay@theCenter: Harnessing the Sun's Energy. There are two sessions: 11am - 1pm or 2pm - 4 pm. In this hands-on workshop, families will tour Sunny Memories to see innovative designs for products powered by a new type of flexible solar panel fabric. Families will then develop their own product prototypes using our mock solar panel fabric and a variety of craft materials.
FamilyDay@theCenter is organized in partnership with the Illuminating Engineering Society of NY. Family Day Programs are designed for children ages 5 - 13 years old, accompanied by an adult. Admission is $20 for a family of 4; $10 for Center for Architecture Foundation Dual/Family Members; additional guests accompanying a Family Admission are $5 each.