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UMBRA_vela, designedbymany competition entry, Summer 2011
Rapidly Deployable Shade Structure
The Umbra_vela quickly deployable sunshade device challenges the traditional notion of the umbrella by proposing a modular personal sunshade system with the capacity to be aggregated to achieve a larger shaded area. Made of materials easily accessible at any hardware store, this device can be manufactured for under $15. Its modular aggregative quality lends it a spatial element, as it can be oriented to serve as a bandshell, shade a large group of people, and also an individual person. Its construction of generic PVC pipes and ttings gives it a weight of under 2lbs, yet creates an elegant pragmatic form.