June 03 2014

Billboards that Literally Breath & Create Potable Water in Lima, Peru

I have to confess that I am impressed by the social engagement of the future engineers from UTEC (University of Engineering and Technology), who have continuously been innovating to improve the quality of life (which is often mediocre) of the residents of their home country of Peru.

Last year, the group drew the attention of the entire world by converting a gigantic advertising billboard (one of those famous billboards that proliferate over building rooftops and above highways) into an ingenious system for transforming humidity into drinking water. Thanks to this initiative, hundreds of low-income families have since acquired access to quality water for tending to daily tasks.

Here is the presentation video for this project:

Well, these future engineers are back this year with another billboard with superpowers: an air purifier for construction sites.

The concept is simple. The poster billboard breathes in the polluting particles in the air in the environment and filters them through a water reservoir integrated into the structure.

In order to test the concept, a prototype was recently installed in a construction site in Lima, a city that has one of the worst air qualities in South America.

The results are impressive. According to UTEC, this poster billboard was successful in capturing 99% of pollutants and is able to purify almost 100,000 cubic meters of air per day, which is the equivalent of a forested area with 1,200 trees.

For more details:

This initiative could perhaps inspire the Montreal design office, which will be holding a large international gathering relevant to the issues surrounding large construction sites next October:

“If expertise in architecture and design were put to good use as part of the planning, conception, and animation of building sites, could it bring about creative solutions to this issue that is both important and universal? Could it improve our collective and individual experience of the great urban construction sites, or at least contribute to reducing their negative impacts on the daily experiences of businesses, residents, workers and tourists?

In short, it is promising.

For more information on this event, visit Quel Chantier.

What innovations have you discovered in your community?

Original article, originally published in French, here.

Credits: Data and images linked to sources.

Bora Mici

Bora Mici has a background in design and online writing. Most recently, she has worked as an online contributor for DC Mud, Patch.com, GoodSpeaks.org and WatchingAmerica.com, covering urban planning and visual and performing arts in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, as well as topics related to the environment and human rights; editing and translating news articles from around the world. She has also participated in design projects of various scopes, including modular housing, design guidelines, and campus and community planning. Her interests include sustainable projects in the public interest.

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