This project explores the integration of decentralised wind turbines in urban environments proposing a novel visual appearance of urban wind power systems. In response to the global energy crisis and the need for sustainable solutions, the concept of resilience in energy systems has gained prominence. Transitioning from an era driven solely by efficiency to one that prioritises adaptability necessitates the exploration of alternative energy sources. Renewable wind energy, particularly harnessed through small wind turbines, presents an opportunity to decentralise and democratise energy production in cities.
However, challenges related to acceptance hinder their widespread adoption. Concerns regarding noise, visual impact, and ecological disruption need to be addressed, alongside the practical difficulties of integrating turbines into existing urban infrastructure.
Urban Sails proposes a design approach for distributed wind power generators, aiming to complement larger wind power schemes and enhance the social acceptance of wind technology as a cultural asset. By incorporating unconventional materials such as large textile sails, this design departs from the traditional technical appearance commonly associated with wind turbines. It exemplifies a visually captivating and human-centric technology that harmoniously blends with the urban environment.