chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
 

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth

in recent weeks, designers have put their skills to use in response to the coronavirus pandemic, from 3D-printing ventilator valves, proposing new hospitals and sharing their thoughts within the context of the ongoing pandemic. as we search for solutions in the face of a global coronavirus crisis, we recall this project from 2013 — chiu chih’s ‘survival kit for the ever-changing planet.’

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
chiu chih’s survival kit for the ever-changing planet
all images courtesy of chiu chih

 

 

originally a school project for wuhan university, where chiu chih studied industrial design, the oxygen mask responds to the deteriorating air quality within crowded living environments and the changing face of the built landscape. this led the designer to develop ‘voyage on the planet’, a project tackling big questions, and focusing on the idea that the world is in a constant state of flux.

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
the earth is in a constant state of flux and we potentially need to create new equipment just to survive

 

 

the subtle mysteriousness of the planet’s unknown future often forces human beings to adapt – and potentially create new equipment just to survive. the design responds to a sense of curiosity towards this ever-changing environment – where old buildings are demolished and new modern ones continue to rise.

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
the built environment is constantly changing, old buildings are demolished and replaced with new ones

 

 

society and culture modify from one moment to the next, which in some cases chiu chih believes renders people hopeless, while for others it brings about hope and new expectations. the scary nature of this vulnerability is most poignant in the depletion of natural energy resources.

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
‘voyage on the planet’ brings attention to the state of the planet

 

 

‘voyage on the planet’ brings attention to the sate of the earth, and like new energy that is sought after as a replacement, it raises the question of further exploration and continued survival on the planet. in this series of images, chie chih photographed the product on a polluted day in china, sending a poignant message about environmental degradation.

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
society and culture modify from one moment to the next forcing humans to adapt

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth

a solution for the deteriorating air quality within crowded living environments

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
‘voyage on the planet’ questions the subtle mysteriousness of the planet’s unknown future

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
the changing face of the built landscape

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
the scary nature of the world’s position is the depletion of natural energy resources

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet calls attention to the state of mother earth
voyage on the planet tackles big questions such as the survival of the human species

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • Hello Chiu Chih, I’m a french student in art and I would like to present your survival kit to my class and my professor. To me your survival kit could be perfect in france especially in Paris, it could be a beautiful city but a very polluted one. So, is it agree for you ? and please tell me where I can join you because I would like to ask you some questions. Thank-you very much !

    emie
  • Thanks all of you guys for supporting me!

    Gabriela O, It’s my honor to see you comment. You can contact me through email: [email protected]

    ChiuChih
  • Hi Chiu Chih,

    I am very interested in getting into contact to invite you to exhibit this project on an internet based gallery. Is there any contact info or a website I can gather that info through other than here? This is an amazing piece that we’ve been interested in since we first saw it!

    Gabriela O
  • Hello Chiu Chih – Thank you for your artful expression of the problems all of us face. You design carries your point well, and the photography makes it stand out. Your work is both thoughtful and beautiful, and it look forward to seeing more of it. Keep creating!

    Earl
  • May not be functional but, point well made. It is a symbiotic relationship that we have with this planet, that gave birth to us. So, why are we killing that which gives us life instead of cherishing it and holding it close. Thank you, Chui Chih.

    Gabriel
  • I love your work. Are you selling framed versions of these pictures. I would like to hang it on the wall, so that my children remember everyday what is their main purpose in life: avoid this.

    Branislav Peric
  • Well nice idea and very nice pictures! Very questioning, but to be fully effective, this respirator should not contain plastic … which polue, and therefore polue the air of the plant … and then it is pointless…

    Gregware
  • This strangely looks like Corentin Dombrecht’s 2001 project “Oxygenesis”

    Mathieu Lehanneur
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