How Airlabs is producing pollution-free zones

Published 0836 GMT (1636 HKT) July 11, 2018
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To highlight the global air pollution problem, British artist Michael Pinsky reproduced the air quality of five different locations in a series of inter-connected "Pollution Pods." Michael Pinsky
The first dome simulates the pure air of Tautra on the coast of Norway using filtration technology developed by a start-up called Airlabs. Thor Nielsen / NTNU
The remaining four domes give visitors a taste of four of the world's most polluted cities -- London, Beijing, Sao Paulo and New Delhi. Michael Pinsky
Pinsky worked with a range of specialists to recreate the climates of each destination. The New Delhi pod, for example, is fitted with heaters and a haze machine to produce "smog." Thor Nielsen / NTNU
In the London dome, visitors are exposed to moderate levels of nitrogen dioxide and a specially crafted scent called "Living Diesel." Peter Macdiarmid for Somerset House
"Pollution Pods" exhibited at Somerset House in London as part of its Earth Day 2018 program. The project was originally commissioned by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology to assess whether art can impact behavior around climate change. Peter Macdiarmid for Somerset House
Airlabs has applied the same technology used in the Norwegian dome on a prototype park bench in London. The bench is fitted with filters to remove dangerous pollutants from the air. Courtesy Airlabs
Airlabs has also partnered with The Body Shop to install a "pollution-free" bus shelter in central London. Courtesy Airlabs
The company's commercial product, the Airlbubbl, is a filter designed to remove nitrogen dioxide, particles, volatile organic compounds and ozone from the air inside vehicles.
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Recently, Airlabs has adapted its technology to remove pollutants from a large open-air structure in New Delhi. Courtesy Airlabs
The structure serves to test, refine and showcase the technology, and Airlabs hopes that one day it will form part of larger city projects like shopping streets and transport networks. Courtesy Airlabs