VIA_SOLIS

BY Atul Kataria



 

VIA_SOLIS is a combination of two Latin words Street and Solar. As we know urbanisation is increasing with time and it might reach to a time where we will run out of space and whatever space we will be left with, we might have to use it efficiently. So, the project focuses on introducing vertical streets and to use Solar Panel skin system.

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India, projected to surpass China as the world’s most populated country around 2027, is expected to add nearly 273 million people between now and 2050 and will remain the most populated country through the end of the current century.

Nearly half of the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 as cost of wind, solar, battery storage continues to drop at a high rate. The move away from fossil fuel sweeping implications for energy markets and the fight to stave off climate change.

THE STREET:

In the era of growing urbanization, cities which are becoming a concrete jungle day by day. The importance is given to the cars and the pedestrian has to sacrifice and deal with a tiny space left for them. Everything built around the world focuses specifically on the how the user will use a space and most importantly where is he or she going to park. People might choose using their car instead of walking. This happens majorly because the one thing we are lacking is the Street Life.

Different programmes are separated from each other like shops, offices etc and the medium of connection is nowhere to be found. The street life is an issue to be focused on and might turn out to be completely lost by 2050 is nothing is done about it.

So as the population grows and we eventually ran out of space, then introduction of vertical street life is to the key to the future cities. You might say it can be called a corridor too. No, it can’t be. Corridors are passages between the building’s interior spaces and corridor restrict us. A street whereas can have multiple uses. Retailers can do spatial development. The street maybe used as outdoor eating spaces and makes that space socially interactive.

These streets not only act as a medium to move around but also becomes a centre of social life in the built space and benefits the people for their own good.

As the cities grow the character and tradition gets lost somewhere in fulfilling the needs. The corridors may have a medium of connection too but the streets help the cities and buildings to make spaces more interactive and enjoyable.

THE SKIN:

Solar energy could meet approximately 68% of global energy demand with other renewables making up the rest, according to a report. A 100% renewable energy system could also create 22 million solar jobs by 2050, the study claims. Keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees C.

This skin system on the building will help in gathering all the abundant energy available to us and utilising it in the building itself. It helps fraction of daylight pass through and provide a well-lit space inside of the building. However, solar power has relatively low energy densities, thus requiring considerably larger areas to produce relevant amount of electricity.

As modern cities are characterized by high density populations, living in high rise buildings, the available roof area becomes in short supply for solar power to fulfil the local energy demand. As such, building facades offer an attractive and complementary option to gather the solar energy efficiently.