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Evening Standard: RCA Students Propose Solution to Tube Pollution

First featured in the Evening Standard, a group of RCA / Imperial students propose an innovative solution to the high levels of pollution on the London Tube called 'CELLUL-AIR'.

CELLUL-AIR is created by thinkTANK, a team of design engineering students at the RCA and Imperial College London, as part of MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering – Timi Oyedeji, Nicole Stjernswärd, Kate Strudwick and Alex Facey. 

thinkTank team, IDE 2019

CELLUL-AIR is a speculative design that tackles the urgent crisis that air in our cities is becoming increasingly toxic. 

The group found that in the coming decades, many more people will fall victim to chronic respiratory illnesses, stroke, and heart attacks because of dirty urban air. 91% of us live in spaces exposed to air pollution that exceeds World Health Organization limits.

Using the principle of bioremediation, the students designed CELLUL-AIR, a new air filtration system that takes in urban air and breathes out clean, purified air. 

They used 'bioremediation', a natural process in which microbes absorb and transform noxious pollutants. Each chosen microbial species is able to process a specific pollutant, enabling Cellul-air clusters to specialise to the locations they’re placed in.

Cellul-air joins the fight for clean air in a new, visual way.