Date of Submission
Bachelor of Architecture
One of the most critical elements for survival is air. Air pollution and air quality are often seen as an issue that needs widespread intervention to make a difference. It becomes a problem that people think is too big for them to make any meaningful change. There is a lack of education and acknowledgment of the quality of the air we breathe every day. Prolonged exposure to pollutants in the air can lead to lasting negative effects on one’s health. Air pollution affects our communities disproportionately, the young, the aging, and minority community members are especially susceptible to being exposed negatively to air pollutants. This thesis aims to explore performative and innovative architecture and how it can improve conditions for all people. This project offers an examination of different façade and internal systems that each represent a different approach to improving air quality. These innovative systems range on a spectrum of filtration benefitting both interior and exterior: material reactions, natural processes, and mechanical filtration. The exploration of multiple systems is vital because there is no one-size-fits-all solution when tackling air pollution. The main idea of this building is to understand how architecture can learn from new technology and how it can work in conjunction with natural ventilation practices. B[Re]athe is exploring how architecture can work as a driving force in the community to educate and improve air quality. Re-generate engagement from the community through education and innovation. Air pollution is a problem everyone is a part of, and everyone can be part of the solution. Clean air is a necessity for life and should be accessible to all.
Rimmel, Jessica, "Lungs of the City: B[Re]athe - Exploring how Architecture can Improve Air Quality" (2022). Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year. 207.