University of Oregon architecture student Tyler Short developed the Penumbra sun shade system that adapts to sunlight at different times of the day. The shades would hang in front of windows and could pivot in mirroring the sun east to west movement. Short explains, “this project was designed to offer a kinetic and mechanical solution to a problem that would otherwise be nearly impossible to solve.”
The design would be able to provide shade for every time of the day including high afternoon sun and low evening sun conditions. Short demonstrates how the shades could be powered by hand or a computer. The functionality of the shades is very appealing; when in motion, the rippling design gives life to otherwise stagnant looking buildings.