Chang-Yeob Lee BT tower - The BT tower in London may well one day become useless. Used by British Telecom for telecommunications these kinds of structures will likely lose their use one day in an interesting project an artist has come up with a dream for the future of such structures.
Chang-Yeob has created a project showing how the tower could become a kind of eco-sky scraper that sucks in polluted air from London making it cleaner for everyone. The building would then process this air into bio gas. It sounds awesome!
Lee has dubbed it Synth[e]tech[e]cology. He says the building would also include a research lab and be like a cross between a vertical oil field and a research laboratory.
If you want to get a sense of how this whole thing could look just watch this cool video put together by Lee.
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Lee’s Royal College of Art, architecture programe, diploma project Synth[e]tech[e]cology made him one of two winners of the Sheppard Robson Student Prize for Architecture at the Summer Exhibition from the Royal Academy of Arts.
Here is a summary of the aim of the project from Dezeen.
The project aims to show how hybrizided new infrastructure can gather pollutants, store, digest, and harvest them to dilute minerals and biofules, celebrating clean air process on the ground level. The ultimate ambition of the project is to be deployed as a retro-fitting strategy to tall unused or derelicy buildings in London, showing that alternative routes to ‘economic profit’ meaningfully engaged into pollution can be a provocative strategy for ‘sustainable ecology’.
I love the ideas of these kinds of re-imagining of structures for use in modern settings and believe that if we can do something to recycle pollution on a large scale we absolutely should be. Pollution is like a near unlimited resource at this point in time! Of course it may run out one day but that is ultimately the aim, surely! By then we would hope to have near pollution free technologies to work with.
Do you think these kinds of projects are simply lofty dreams or could you see them in use in the cities of our near future?
Thanks for reading. - Chang-Yeob Lee BT tower