STATE OF AIR
Map and Flag
Urban air quality is becoming increasingly worse.
“The State of Air ” Project is being designed in two parts as a way to make data about air quality approachable and understandable, and to increase democratic access to fresh air in cities.
Maps visualizing data of quality of space. Map 1: Aggregate air pollutant levels. Map 2: Water Map 3: Aggregate sound levels.
Part one is a digital map that allows urban dwellers to navigate the city based on the quality of air in relation to sound decibels, level of light,proximity to water, and greenspace.
Map 1: Air quality map uses aggregate data to outline pollution and highlight the non stable nature of air. Map 2: Air quality is mapped in conjunction with aggregate data around traffic, shows the areas with most movement and individuals to mark the highest impact areas to install air purifying flags.
The “State of Air” map reflects real time data and directs attention to the natural urban environment and how we navigate it. This map uses four separate real time data sets to generate an interactive map which can be accessed on a phone or projected onto a screen. It highlights the areas with high air quality and shows the city as a living breathing landscape
The maps could be made into an app which would allow individuals to navigate based on quality of space.
An interface for cell use would allow to search variables of spatial quality and map them in conjunction with one another.
To accompany the map, we are “flagging” the areas with the worst air and highest traffic as a way of democratizing the data and cleaning the air in the areas that need it most.
"The State of Air" Flags are a monument and gathering hub bringing the data off the screen and into the communities most affected. Symbolic and functional, the flags draw public attention to often invisible pollution while filtering air and catalyzing particulate matter.
State of Air Flag filters are being designed to filter the air with a carbon and HEPA filter and a Titanium Dioxide coating which acts as a catalyst to transform particulate matter and render it non-harmful.
Flags in highly trafficked Soho signal poor air and encourage action while cleaning it. Flags are set at 10-12 feet where air quality is the most toxic.
Material Samples: Carbon fiber and Titanium Dioxide coated fabric.