UNDER (THE) LINE
Bioremediation | Air pollution
Carried out at
Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London
Nancy Diniz | Course Leader
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
Jeremy Keenan | Specialist Technician Physical Computing CSM
Igor Pantic | Digital Specialist Technician CSM
Abdul Mohammed | Digital Specialist Technician CSM
London — UK
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
Milan Design Week 2021
— Milan, Italy
Part of CSM Musem & Study collection — London, UK
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
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.
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.
Bio-circular system thinking.
Making process, set up in the London Underground, final output.
Awareness campaign printed on recycled metro newspapers.