Architects design giant air purifying towers to fight Delhis air pollution

November 26, 2019 by  
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According to WHO, air quality in India’s capital of Delhi is among the worst in the world and is the fifth leading cause of death in India. In a bid to fight this silent killer, Indian practice Studio Symbiosis Architects has taken on a pro-bono project to design A?ra, a proposal for a system of air purifiers to clean the city air for the benefit of all residents in Delhi. Developed using the principles of aerodynamics, the A?ra air purifiers rely on a curved shape and air pressure differentials to intake polluted air and produce cool, clean air. Delhi has made headlines year after year for the thick, suffocating smog that has blanketed the city and neighboring areas. With the levels of PM 2.5 spiking to dangerous highs, Studio Symbiosis Architects sought a solution that could be enjoyed by all and not just those able to afford home air purifiers. Related: Pollution Pods let visitors taste pollution from around the world At the heart of the architects’ proposal is A?ra, a series of giant, air purifying towers topped with green planters with drip irrigation. Each tower would have two main chambers: one to increase the relative velocity of the air and the other for purifying the polluted air before blowing it out at high speeds and at lower temperatures to create a pressure difference that then pushes warm, polluted air back toward the tower. The architects estimate that an 18-meter-tall A?ra tower could clean 32 million cubic meters of air every day and have the capacity to clean 1.3 million cubic meters of air per hour. The A?ra towers represent only the first part of the architects’ proposal. The architects’ implementation plan would begin with installing a ring of 60-meter-tall A?ra towers around the city border to stop the flow of external pollution. Smaller, 18-meter-tall A?ra towers with a range of 1 square kilometer would then be installed in select “hot spots” along a grid to ensure clean air within the city. The air purification system would be supplemented with “A?ra velocity” gadgets that can be attached to the tops of cars as well as a network of “A?ra Falcon” drones that would move around the city and monitor air pollution levels. The systems collectively would be called the “A?ra Hive.” + Studio Symbiosis Architects Images via Studio Symbiosis Architects

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Delhi High Courts new expansion taps into green building principles

November 1, 2018 by  
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New Delhi-based architecture practice Design Forum International has completed the New Courts Complex, a modern extension to the Delhi High Court. The new project was completed as part of the Delhi High Court’s ambitious expansion plan to increase capacity by 60 percent by the year 2020. Designed with energy efficiency in mind, the building was informed by passive solar principles to ensure comfortable indoor temperatures, while smart water management is practiced using sensor-operated fixtures and recycled water systems. Located in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi, the New Courts Complex mimics its predecessor with grand steps that lead to a high podium fronted with a large fountain  focal point. The complex includes 15 courtrooms across four floors as well as nine registrars’ courts on the ground level. Moreover, there are 16 new chambers for judges, nine new chambers for junior registrars and additional work spaces for judicial officials. Discussion and sitting rooms for members of the bar, as well as a women-only sitting room, were also integrated into the plan. Since security was also a paramount concern, open sight lines and transparency were stressed throughout. “The task was to somehow create a visual vocabulary that could bridge 500 years of discordance with a harmonious note,” Design Forum International said. “The principles of green building design have been employed with a tilt toward passive techniques that require the basic design starting from the envelope and massing to be correct. In the overall analysis, the New Courts Block is a fine example of how to build a green building that is both energy-efficient , functional and aesthetic.” Related: Architects transform a derelict lot into an urban oasis in New Delhi The outer walls of the building are built from A.E.C. blocks chosen for their thermal properties, and the roof was built with heat reflective tiles. In addition, high-performance coated glass and solar panels help reduce dependence on air conditioning. As a result, the total energy demand has been reduced by approximately 20 to 25 percent. Natural light is optimized in the entire building, even in the basement, thanks to carefully placed skylights. + Design Forum International Images via Design Forum International

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New Delhi has the worst air pollution of any city on earth

November 9, 2016 by  
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New Delhi’s toxic smog is literally off the charts – and according to its Air Quality Index rating, it’s the most polluted city on earth. Measurements recorded at the United States Embassy in Delhi reveal that the city’s AQI is a staggering 999 – but the AQI standard chart ends at 500. Particle counts in some areas of the city are 16 times the level considered safe by the Indian government. What’s causing the smog in New Delhi ? Some blame fireworks during the Hindu celebration Diwali, but NASA satellite images show crop burning has a role to play in the pollution too, as farmers burn leftover straw. Construction and vehicles are probably also contributing to the poor air quality . Related: Mexico City bans over one million cars as air pollution skyrockets PM 2.5 particles – the most unhealthy type of particles – spiked to levels of 700 micrograms per cubic meter this week. Exposure to this level of pollution is as bad as smoking over two cigarette packs daily, according to experts cited by The New York Times . Over the weekend, people protested outside Parliament and the chief minister of Delhi tried to take some action to curb the dramatic pollution. Construction will cease for five days, around 1,800 schools will close for three days, and a power plant will be closed for 10 days. The government suggested people cleanse their eyes with water and go to the hospital if they experienced “breathlessness, giddiness, chest pain, and chest constriction.” Centre for Environmental Health at the Public Health Foundation of India manager Bhargav Krishna told The New York Times, “These are all decent emergency measures, but they’re not solving the long-term problem.” While some hope for a reprieve as weather changes, during the winter some people in Delhi have to burn trash to stay warm, and as such trash often includes rubber and plastic, the practice will likely contribute to continued pollution. Via The New York Times and CNN Images via Ville Miettinen on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Indian man creates a free school under a bridge to educate New Delhis poorest children

August 21, 2016 by  
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Indian grocery store-owner Rajesh Kumar Sharma has an unusual but inspiring side gig—providing free lessons for hundreds of New Delhi’s poorest children in an open-air school beneath a Metro bridge. Sharma, whose philanthropic story went viral on the Internet in 2012 , founded the “Free School: Under the Bridge” where he teaches basic Hindi and English. Volunteer teachers Laxmi Chandra and Shyam Mehto who teach mathematics assist him. As many as 200 students attend the free school on a regular basis.

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A ‘first contact’ team for the future

April 15, 2016 by  
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Why is famed designer McDonough palling around in New Delhi with entrepreneur and former New York City mayoral hopeful Jack Hidary?

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Delhi establishes monthly car-free day to combat pollution

October 23, 2015 by  
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If we know our audience, chances are your urban ideal features far fewer cars than seen today. In pursuit of building a more perfect city, this past Thursday Delhi, India boldly declared a no-car zone. Although car-free day didn’t go exactly as planned, in pushing cars off its streets to combat its oppressive pollution, the city took a strong stance in favor of a more sustainable and less road-enraged future. Read the rest of Delhi establishes monthly car-free day to combat pollution

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Delhi University Students to Harness Wind Energy Produced by Metro Trains

February 28, 2013 by  
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Students of the Kalindi Colege at Delhi University have received approval to pilot a project that will use the high-speed winds generated by metro trains to produce energy. The team of 10 students and two teachers developed a proposal that consists of small turbines placed strategically throughout Delhi’s 196-kilometer metro network. Read the rest of Delhi University Students to Harness Wind Energy Produced by Metro Trains Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , “wind turbine” , Delhi Metro Rail Corporation , Delhi metro wind power , Delhi University student research , India carbon footprint , India wind power , metro wind power , rail travel in India , renewable energy sources , underground wind power , wind energy , Wind Renewable Energy

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Quetsol CEO Lives in the Dark to Raise Funding for Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power in Guatemala

February 28, 2013 by  
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In Guatemala, over half a million homes are without electricity. That means these families rely on candles or kerosene lamps to do homework, read or eat dinner at night. Quetsol, a renewable energy company based in Guatemala , is seeking to address this with pay-as-you-go solar kits that provide affordable power. To help raise funding for the project, Quetsol’s CEO is staying in a completely dark room until the company reaches a goal of $50,000. Read the rest of Quetsol CEO Lives in the Dark to Raise Funding for Pay-As-You-Go Solar Power in Guatemala Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green electricity Guatemala , green energy , Guatemala Solar Power , Guatemalan power , Juan Rodriguez , Pay As You Go Rural Electricity , Quetsol PAYG , Quetsol Solar power , Rural electricity

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350 Million People in India Lose Power Due to Scorching Summer Weather

July 30, 2012 by  
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India suffered one of its worst blackouts in a decade this Monday morning when high demand for electricity cut off power to seven northern states and over 360 million people.  India’s electricity demand during the hot, dry summer has greatly increased this year, especially in urban areas.  Without a good monsoon and due to unusually arid weather, the nation’s electricity grid has been under a lot of strain. Read the rest of 350 Million People in India Lose Power Due to Scorching Summer Weather Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ajai nirula , blackout , china , Delhi , diesel , electrical grid , haryana , himachal pradesh , India , inverter , jammu , kashmir , Metro , monday , monsoon , north delhi power limited , power ministry , power outage , punjab , Rajasthan , uttar pradesh

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Help Support [ours] A Book On Hyper-Localization of Sustainable Architecture on Kickstarter!

July 30, 2012 by  
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