“Solar Roofpod” Returns Atop Spitzer School

The City College of New York’s student-designed “Solar Roofpod” is making a comeback atop the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture building. Envisaged as a solution to New York City’s energy and emission problems, the innovative structure had been in storage since placing second in the “People’s Choice Award” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall.

The first phase of its installation is nearing completion, allowing for its use as a classroom, living lab and lecture event space, hopefully in the spring semester, said Christian Volkmann, associate professor in the Spitzer School, who supervised its construction.

Phase two will entail the re-installation and development of sophisticated technical systems including solar cooling and a smart house response system. Both systems are planned to be developed with Grove School of Engineering students under supervision of Professors Nicholas Madamopoulos and Jorge Gonzalez.

The Roofpod was conceived as a modular building system, whose elements can be freely combined in order to configure different roof pavilion typologies. It will be monitored in the coming years in order to refine its performance. 

The building setting on a roof overlooking New York’s skyline speaks to the different architectural scales involved in sustainable design.

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About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.




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