Archive for May, 2011

Organic Spa Magazine Features Solar Ivy

Friday, May 27th, 2011


The forthcoming issue of Organic Spa Magazine will feature an article about Solar Ivy by journalist Rima Suqi.  Rima interviewed SMIT co-founder Samuel Cochran for the piece in order to delve deeper into the inspiration behind Solar Ivy.

Tensile Solar on GOOD Magazine

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011


A great bit of press on the release of Tensile Solar this week from our friend Ben Jervey at GOOD Magazine. The post highlights Tensile Solar’s unique design and potential to alter the dialogue around implementing solar technology. The topic has been picked up by a number of other sites, including EcoGeek and Jetson Green.

Check back in to see a series of posts over the coming weeks that will outline the design and theory behind Tensile Solar!

Core77 Features Tensile Solar

Monday, May 23rd, 2011


Core77 featured an enthusiastic review of Tensile Solar on their website last Friday. The editorial team at Core has long followed SMIT’s work, beginning with GROW and Solar Ivy. This most recent article highlights the potential of Tensile Solar to create large structures that offer shade and solar power.

The post was quickly picked up by other like-minded publications including Inhabitat and Solar Feeds.

Special thanks to Phaedra Riley, LinYee Yuan and Core77 for their support!

University of Utah to Install Solar Ivy

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Funding has been approved through the University’s Sustainable Campus Initiative to install Solar Ivy on the south-facing facade of the Orson Spencer Hall building.


Each year Utah’s Campus Sustainability Initiative Fund takes proposal submissions from students for projects that can help reduce the University’s dependence on fossil fuels.  Tom Melburn, a student from the university, reached out to SMIT in January to explore the possibility of developing a proposal to install Solar Ivy on one of their buildings.  The proposal was accepted on April 15.

The Campus Sustainability Initiative Fund and the University’s Office of Sustainability will collaborate with SMIT on the installation at Orson Spencer Hall, above.  Check back in here to see how the project progresses.  We will be sure to provide updates as we reach major milestones.

Solar Ivy and Science World Vancouver

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

SMIT is excited to be working with Science World Vancouver to develop an innovative new exhibit space.


Science World Vancouver opened to the public in 1990.  For the most recent renovation and expansion of the museum’s facilities they are building a new structure to house a Rube Goldberg machine and exhibit.

The engineers behind the project reached out to SMIT to express interest in cladding the facade of that building with Solar Ivy.  Since then SMIT has worked with the museum’s team to develop a design for an application of Solar Ivy that will provide power to the space enclosed within the tower.

Check back in to see how the project advances over the coming months!