The interactive game in the Dr. Shulamit Katzman Gallery was designed and developed especially for the exhibition. We would like to invite you to experience interactive shade design: step into the shoes of planners, mayors, landscape architects, and municipal engineers, and try to transform the hot, desolate city into a shaded and pleasant environment for its residents.
In Israel we experience medium to high heat-index levels throughout most of the summer months, accompanied by high humidity in most of the coastal towns and cities. Added to the heat index is the "islands of heat" phenomenon typifying big, crowded cities. This phenomenon increases the heat-index level in cities, and is manifested in temperatures that are 2°C-4°C higher than in the suburbs. The "islands of heat" not only increase the temperature, but also the number of hours of high heat-index levels during the day, so that the sense of climatic burden is felt for a longer time. There are a number of possibilities for contending with the "islands of heat" problem: by shading public spaces, building green roofs, using materials and coatings with a high reflectivity factor, and greater use of vegetation and lawns that cool the air and remove contaminants, heat-index levels in cities can be reduced.
Nowadays, one of the most common methods to solve "islands of heat" and high heat-index levels in an urban climate is shading. By planning correct shading we can reduce heat-index levels and the temperature in a city. In order to bring about this longed-for change, and transform cities of sun into cities of shade, use the tools at your disposal:
Planting trees: Vegetation can moderate surface temperature by shading and covering the ground. Vegetation also directly contributes to reducing air temperature through the evaporation of water on leaves in the breathing process. We have chosen five representative trees from the dozens of varieties that are commonly planted around cities in Israel. It is up to you to plant them in suitable places around the city in order to achieve a green, shaded, and cool environment.
Positioning shading elements of different sizes: We have transported the five shading elements erected around the Museum into the virtual space as well. The elements, which were designed especially for a competition that took place in advance of the exhibition, provide shaded areas of varying styles. Position them around the city.
Now it's in your hands - let's make shade!