Heat absorbing building materials, glass panel skyscrapers and glass reflective facades have damaged property and can seriously affect the quality of life for city residents. This poses a serious challenge for engineers and other building professionals in our major cities' high-rise future.

Some 30 years ago, Tandy Electronics sold a curious convex polished steel dish with a centrally located stand for holding a cigarette.  One pointed the dish toward the sun and presto! Within a few seconds, the cigarette was alight and smoking away. Fascinating as it may be, such is the…