chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet
chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet
aug 18, 2013

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet

chiu chih’s survival kit for the ever-changing planet
all images courtesy of chiu chih




the deteriorating air quality within crowded living environments and the changing face of the built landscape, has led designer chiu chih to develop ‘voyage on the planet’. the project tackles big questions, focusing on the idea that the world is in a constant state of flux. 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. 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. ‘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.



a solution for the deteriorating air quality within crowded living environments



the built environment is constantly changing, old buildings are demolished and replaced with new ones



‘voyage on the planet’ brings attention to the state of the planet



the earth is in a constant state of flux and we potentially need to create new equipment just to survive



society and culture modify from one moment to the next forcing humans to adapt



‘voyage on the planet’ questions the subtle mysteriousness of the planet’s unknown future



the changing face of the built landscape



the scary nature of the world’s position is the depletion of natural energy resources



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.

  • even for the fashion’s sake… i want one! china will be saved !!

    aiboozy says:
  • Hola Chiu Chih
    your work is very interesting!
    I write because this job of yours reminds me of a character I made last year for a project of graphic narrative. our story set in the future of my city polluted by industries, where there is a character with no memory that runs a city destroyed by a cataclysm indescribable (an idea inspired by the terrible earthquake we suffered here in 2010). Our survivor also occupies a respirator invented very similar to you, it’s amazing how people can create interesting ideas no matter the distance, culture or language. sending a big hello to you from my city Concepción – Chile
    Please look at this link:

    Carlos Vergara says:
  • wow, useless.

    alex says:
  • where are the goggles. you need goggles

    rodrigo says:
  • simplistic and powerful

    Paedra says:
  • Such powerful pictures …they have the potential of becoming contemporary icons ….

    Atishay Jain says:
  • I think you should switch to an algae tank instead of a plant tank. More efficient, less maintenance I would think. Dont have to take care of algae like you do a plant.

    Roger Pha says:
  • is beautiful, cute tank

    Camilo says:
  • If the artist wants to deliver a symbol for how much we depend on nature to be saved from our own destruction of the same (nature), the artist should NOT pick leather out of all materials available since leather is nothing but the dead skin of tortured and killed sentient beings and because parallel to this mass factory farming (including leather production) is one of the lead sources of global pollution. think it through, go beyond aesthetics & go vegan.

    Hendrik Thiele says:
  • As the designer, I got to say, In fact, I didn’t focus on environment protection at all when I created this survival kit. The concept was inspired by my life experience in mainland china for several years as a taiwanese. It’s far more than environment protection, it’s about young guys who leave their hometowns and go explore their future in somewhere else. It’s difficult for me to tell people about this feeling by words, so that I created this survival kit.

    ChiuChih says:
  • Your work is amazing! i’ve had a plan like this as well and now seen put to life, it is amazing. I like the design and idea!

    Art Guerrero says:
  • Beautiful!

    DeeArr says:
  • Here’s a thought. What happens at night?

    LittleBigFace says:
  • Its a great lookin and otherside a bit depressing as well.. hope the days wouldnt come 🙂

    DerKaiser says:
  • that’s just cool
    very creative concept

    JWT says:
  • See: Biomimicry.

    Diana says:
  • Stage One particular. Make a decision upon a desired look of your finished tree garden when grass has been removed and crops have already been set up. If this proves to become a obstacle, close your eyes and dig serious inside your self to imagine the finished project

    Anonymous says:
  • Some of the comments are really funny. This is a conceptual project, not something to actually be taken seriously. It’s an activist viral piece and it makes its point, not something meant to actually be produced. (Especially because plants produce carbon dioxide in addition to oxygen, if it wasn’t such a tiny useless plant you’d actually suffocate from it).

    Foo says:
  • The plastic — made from petrochemicals, with lots of energy expenditure and high pollution footprint.
    The leather of the mask: kill some animals, then cut off their skin, creating pollution by disposing of the remains, then tan the hide with polluting chemicals, and use exploited labor to cut and sew it in a 3rd world country.
    The wooden planter: cut down some trees which convert much more CO2 than the one plant there, and use industrial equipment to cut them up, glues made from petrochemicals and nails or screws made from steel taken from a strip mine.

    Finally, ship everything by diesel truck, ship or train, store it in a warehouse built on forest land, cut down another forest to build yet one more retail store for each item separately.

    We live in a world where any action we take has a chain of consequences leading up to it, and following after it. I suggest you look into sustainable practices rather than gimmicks. Just for fun, let’s say….

    OUM says:
  • OMG!!!! How much more Ignorance and ruddiness can you people put on your opinions and criticize a beautiful work from this artist. In Some of yours comment suggested to change her design… It’s absurd… I got here to congratulate her, but I can’t, I have to comment on your comments.
    If you can be positive, don’t offend an artist. She was obligated to make an unnecessary statement to you, people, understand her work.

    chiu chih, I’m very sorry, you had to try to explain your job and your emotions for this people.

    Congratulation your job is beautiful, strong and very touching.

    Marcelo says:
  • This strangely looks like Corentin Dombrecht’s 2001 project “Oxygenesis”

    Mathieu Lehanneur says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:
  • 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 says:

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