TEDxBoston 2011

Spencer Culhane, Julianne Rhoads

Let the Sun Shine In

How Team Massachusetts is building a 4D home completely powered by the sun for the U.S. Solar Decathlon

Spencer Culhane and Julianne Rhodes, students from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and UMass Lowell, are competing as two of the members of Team Massachusetts in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathalon. They underscore the importance of collaboration by uniting architecture and engineering to uncover creative solutions to the inefficient heating and the impractical space occupancy of a typical American home.

Curator’s Pick: “Most often in architecture school you do get to build the things that you design, but they’re at 1/40th of their actual scale. For a group of us this just wasn’t enough. We wanted to do something more, something bigger, something real.”

Learn more about the project at www.4dhome.us


Speakers' Biographies

Spencer Culhane

Julianne Rhoads

Julianne Rhoads is a PhD student in Energy Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and is developing engineering design methodologies for solar-powered homes in real-time price markets. While receiving her master’s degree in Solar Energy Engineering from UMass Lowell, Julianne had the opportunity to help design and build a passively heated home in Huanchay, Peru as part of the non-profit Village Empowerment Project, experiencing first-hand the power of education through community service. Julianne grew up in sunny Tucson, Arizona.

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