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The Solar Roof Pod

  • The Spitzer School of Architecture 141 Convent Avenue, Roof New York, NY 10031 (map)
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Harlem B: Friday, 12:30PM-1:00PM
Harlem A: Friday, 4:00PM-5:00PM
Harlem A: Saturday, 10:00AM-11:00AM
Harlem B: Saturday, 11:00AM-11:30AM

Atop the Spitzer School of Architecture sits a solution to NYC’s energy and emission problems. The Solar Roofpod is a plus-net-energy roof pavilion designed to provide local green energy for urban buildings.

The 800-sf building prototype was designed and built by students under the supervision of Professor Christian Volkmann and was runner-up for People’s Choice Award at the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in Washington D.C. It was installed on the rooftop of the Spitzer School of Architecture in 2014, where it serves as a living classroom, an urban lookout, and a hub for sustainable design. It is also used for various special events and meetings. The rooftop setting overlooking New York’s skyline speaks to the different architectural scales involved in sustainable living.

With its 10 kWp of electricity and 12 kWp of additional thermal energy production, the Roofpod can provide much of its surplus to the host building beneath it.

It also can serve as an urban resilient back-up system in case of power outages, as experienced when Superstorm Sandy struck in fall 2012.

The newer, adjoining Harlem Garden for Urban Food provides the vital link among STEM studies, our local food system, and health. Spitzer School faculty are working with teachers and students at the on-campus High School for Math, Science and Engineering to create an urban farm and offer joint interdisciplinary programs for high school and college students.

Earlier Event: April 6
Walk through Central Park
Later Event: April 6
Socrates Sculpture Park