These temporary off-grid solar powered structures will power a smart LED public art lighting installation for Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn. Aside from providing extra seating for the plaza’s food concession, Don Nico’s, each Solar Shed will include a public cellphone charging station, ambient LED lighting, and educational panels on the importance of renewable energy in urban areas. Additional uses include lighting for Albee Square’s farmers market, power supply for outdoor cultural events, and emergency response generators. This project is made possible by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP), in collaboration with Lumi-Solaire, RGB Lights, and the George Westinghouse High School.
Raising community awareness of readily available solutions to recurring environmental challenges is both timely and urgent, and Tech Fragments will equip the public with skills to impact their lives and their communities by developing public interest in sustainable living. Recent events like Hurricane Sandy have created momentum around the concept of building resilient cities, under the leadership of organizations like the Rockefeller Foundation and IBM. Community buy-in and input is a critical component to creating attainable goals and furthering NYC’s sustainability goals with grassroots support.