UNDER (THE) LINE

 

 

Graduation project

 

Category

Biodesign

Bioremediation | Air pollution

Carried out at

MA Biodesign

Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

Tutors

Nancy Diniz | Course Leader

MA Biodesign

Carole Collet | Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures 

Victoria Geaney | Associate Lecturer Design Studios

Alice Taylor | Lecturer of Biology and Living Systems

Shem Johnson | Grow Lab Specialist Technician

Special mention

Jeremy Keenan | Specialist Technician Physical Computing CSM

Igor Pantic | Digital Specialist Technician CSM

Abdul Mohammed | Digital Specialist Technician CSM

Location
London  —  UK

Press mentions

MA Biodesign 001

UAL Showcase Portfolio

Tsinghua International Conference  —  Beijing, China

 

Isola District Design  

—  Milan, Italy

Fashion Crossover London 

—  London, UK

Future Materials Bank, part of Jan van Eyck Academie —  Maastricht, The Netherlands

 

Climate Pioneers No. 14  

—  Switzerland

Exhibitions

Milan Design Week 2021

Category: Materialized

—  Milan, Italy

Part of CSM Musem & Study collection  —  London, UK

Awards

Green Trail, Highly commended​ —  by LVMH x Maison/0

Central Saint Martins Deans' Collection Award 2021 

—  by Academic Deans, CSM

Global Design Graduate Show, Shortlisted —  by Arts Thread

Date
Sept. 2020 
 —  June 2021

Bioremediating air pollution in indoor public and urban spaces through a self-sufficient filtration system able to reuse volatile pollutants as a resource for a new type of pigment. 

At the intersection of biomimicry, material science, new systems thinking and regenerative design, this project aims at bioremediating air pollution in London Underground stations. This has led to a design which goes beyond the filtering process towards bioremediating air pollution as a resource for the creation of a new type of pigment. Through a self-sufficient filtration system, the urban furniture proposed and the pollution it can store are reusable as pastels.

The project relies on technology and organic chemistry. By evolving a design solution within the context of a bio-circular economy, the process only uses local, renewable and bio-based resources. At the nanoscale, the innovative resulted material is capable of capturing and storing air pollutants through a phenomenon called physical adsorption. 

To shape it, I worked on a parametric and computational design to propose a lattice structure specifically dedicated to Underground stations. In that sense, the structure is modular and scalable according to how polluted the surrounding environment is. After being suspended for two months in Underground stations, the furniture is ready to be deconstructed and sold as pastels.

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Pastels made from London Underground's air pollution | Pastels format: 10 x 1 cm | Packaging format: 11.5  x 6.5 x 6 cm | Structure format: 80 x 50 x 60 cm.

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Bio-circular system thinking.

Making process, set up in the London Underground, final output. 

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Awareness campaign printed on recycled metro newspapers.