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This Week in Tech: Tesla’s latest residential solar panels, plus…

A Smart Forest City in Mexico, next steps for Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto Waterfront, and more design-tech news from this week.

By Katharine Keane

Elon Musk–led Tesla has unveiled new designs for its residential solar roofing tiles. The updated tempered glass tiles will be larger than previous iterations, feature fewer parts for easier installation, and will be cheaper to purchase. “There are all these roofs out there just gathering sunlight, but not doing anything with it,” Musk said in a media conference call. “In the future it will be odd for roofs to be dormant, or dead, or not gathering energy.” [Tesla]

Blaine Brownell, AIA, explores emergent teleoperation and telerobotics technologies that could revolutionize the built environment. [ARCHITECT]

Courtesy MIT In field tests, the performance of the radiative cooling device was measured under full sunlight, both with the insulating material in place (left) and without it (right).
Courtesy MIT In field tests, the performance of the radiative cooling device was measured under full sunlight, both with the insulating material in place (left) and without it (right).
 

Researchers at MIT have developed a new passive cooling system that blocks incoming sunlight without the use of electricity or other power sources. Made of a polyethylene foam called an aerogel, the marshmallow-like material can also reflect infrared light back into the atmosphere, cooling its surroundings to temperatures lower than ambient air temperatures. [MIT]

Read on >>>> Source: Architect https://www.architectmagazine.com/technology/this-week-in-tech-a-smart-forest-city-in-mexico_o

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