Designboom.com receives projects from the public under their “DIY Submissions” feature. One project in particular, which addresses a very real and very scary issue, caught our eye.
The air quality within crowded living environments has been getting worse with every progressing year. Recently, Huffington Post reported on the dangerous smog conditions in China. The northern city of Harbin, for example, has air pollution 40 times higher than the international safety standard set by the World Health Organization. Harbin’s official news site noted that the smog is so overwhelming, it is impossible to even see your own fingers in front of you.
This toxic atmosphere forces Chinese citizens to wear masks, but what happens when the masks aren’t enough? If air pollution is getting worse each day, what other options will we have?
Designer Chiu Chih explores that very question in the project titled “voyage on the planet.” Design boom describes the hard-hitting project below:
The subtle mysteriousness of the planet’s unknown future often forces human beings to adapt – and potentially create new equipment just to survive. The design responds to a sense of curiosity towards this ever-changing environment – where old buildings are demolished and new modern ones continue to rise. Society and culture modify from one moment to the next, which in some cases Chiu Chih believes renders people hopeless, while for others it brings about hope and new expectations. The scary nature of this vulnerability is most poignant in the depletion of natural energy resources. ‘Voyage on the planet’ brings attention to the sate of the earth, and like new energy that is sought after as a replacement, it raises the question of further exploration and continued survival on the planet.
Check out the powerful images below.