suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
andrew TÉTRAULT / ben LEE: An air purifying infrastructure for New York City.
We have re-appropriated the contemporary obsession with sustainability through the design of a new type of cultural and ecological infrastructure. A project that blends a necessity for a pure, clean, livable, breathable city with the need for a new interpretation of public space. Bubble Wrap is a parasite powered by the excess energy of public transit and the exhaust pollution from our cars and buildings. It provides us with a public space, an air-purifying utility, and a cultural venue.
This project was inspired by contemporary modes of phytoremediation and plant assisted air purification. Techniques and models such as the Andrea Filter helped to focus our approach and design strategy towards a building that would utilize natural plant processes to purify air on a neighborhood scale. Bubble Wrap deploys a series of planted ‘pods’ positioned to take in and de-pollute toxic city air, re-releasing it at street level. Air is collected from subway exhaust via an extensive chimney system and at street level through the building facade. The plant pods effectively sequester harmful airborne toxins and become a new large scale air filter and purifier. The moments of delamination within the pod simultaneously act as filter and public venue. Bubble Wrap stimulates a new type of productive ecology for our contemporary city and gives us a new model with which to re-design and re-imagine our efforts towards a sustainable future.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
aT+bL: The Andrea Filter, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Sean Lally
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aT+bL: reading: De Landa, Atlas of Novel Tectonics, Bernard Cache, Cormac McCarthy
listening: The National, Morton Subutnik
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
aT+bL: Future Cities Lab, Reiser + Umemoto, Herzog and de Meuron, Francois Roche, Jenny
University of Pennsylvania
Studio instructor: Shawn Rickenbacker