Urban Canopy
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Urban Canopy

Concept: Heat Island Mini City, an Educational Display

This realistic city model shows you how hot different building materials and urban spaces can get in the summer. Paired with a FLIR thermal camera and mock sun (a heat lamp), people can literally see the urban heat island effect in real-time on a large digital screen, and learn what we can do to cool cities down.

Sketch of the set up for the Heat Island Mini City display
A large screen displays the image from the thermal camera
FLIR thermal cameras show the temperature of surfaces using a color spectrum.

What it includes

The problem with urban heat


We can catalyze as inspired wave of community action to create green and resilient cities.

Call to action



We help turn your city into the lush ecotopia it should be using data and nudges to motivate urban greening + cooling actions.

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Katie Patrick

Environmental Engineer | “Fitbit for the Planet” Designer | Author of How to Save the World | Learn how to gamify sustainability at http://katiepatrick.com