Throwing Shade on Cambridge’s Heat Islands
Join Many Helping Hands 365 for an on-site discussion of the Cloudhouse installation at Green-Rose Heritage Park with Iman Fayyad, Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and lead designer of the Cloudhouse, and Iram Farooq, Assistant City Manager, Community Development—who helped bring Cloudhouse to the park.
Greene-Rose Heritage Park
155 Harvard Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Cloudhouse is a temporary pavilion that provides much-needed shade during the summer months. As summers in New England become warmer due to climate change, we will experience longer and more frequent heat waves.
The Resilient Cambridge Plan recommends the use of shade pavilions in public spaces, particularly in neighborhoods with fewer shade trees, to reduce the effects of extreme heat, enhance outdoor comfort, and create joyful community places. Cloudhouse offers ample seating and an open form that invites people to socialize, rest, and enjoy a favorite neighborhood park!
Join us for a special Earth Day presentation at 2:00 where we will focus on heat islands in Cambridge and city plans for mitigation. Addressing the impact of heat islands in marginalized and underserved communitie is a critical aim of environmental and climate justice. This talk will explore how structures like Cloudhouse can play a part in responding to climate change and contribute to community resilence.
Following the talk, stay and explore your own sense of design! There will be a hands-on demonstration of materials used in the Cloudhouse project along with an opportunity for YOU to try and make your own heat shelter model from recycled materials — a perfect Earth Day activity for children and families.
Aerial photo by Jack Raymond
Please register in advance so we can provide enough supplies. Thank you!
Iman Fayyad is a designer and lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is founder and director of project:if, a research practice that uses techniques of geometry to facilitate design transformations across scales, subjects, and media.
Iram Farooq is the Assistant City Manager for Cambridge, MA and a self-described urban optimist creating integrated solutions for livable, sustainable, equitable, just, and resilient communities.