multisensorial exhibition in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution

multisensorial exhibition in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution

‘my house is ill’ responds to the air pollution of delhi 

 

Housed in an apartment in Delhi’s Khirki village, ‘My house is ill’ is an multisensorial exhibition which invites visitors into a home adapting to the persistent air pollution prevalent in the Indian capital. Designed by Architecture for Dialogue alongside Salil Parekh, the project sits at the intersection of architecture, new media and ecology to imagine a future wherein the impact of air pollution breaches further and further into our everyday lives and routines. Devising a multi-sensory provocation, the prototype home comprises enriching exhibits of light, sound and messaging to illustrate how homes can begin to intensively monitor and visualise pollution data and offer occupants advice on how to be safe.

multisensorial exhibition by architecture for dialogue in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
a message ticker greets visitors upon entry | all images courtesy of Architecture for Dialogue

 

 

a multisensorial display of sound, light and color

 

Upon entering the home, visitors are greeted with a message ticker running across the living room, connected to a network of particle-sensors. The network shares the alternating health status of different spaces around the house compared to the levels outside, and offers real-time notifications and recommendations through audio-visual displays. Lights connected to the sensors consistently change to produce an ever-changing environment of color that reflects real-time pollution level and their corresponding safety levels. Further, an ambient soundtrack plays throughout as an aural reminder of what is otherwise invisible. As the pollution levels of the house intensify, the house beeps louder.

 

Overall, India-based practice Architecture for Dialogue’s project acts as a speculation of how our homes could evolve in the near future to adapt to poor air quality. The exhibition ‘Windows on-demand’ questions: ‘What happens to windows when air outdoors isn’t fresh anymore?’ and presents virtual windows as a new norm through pay per view projections which offer exquisite views without the risk of bad air. Moreover, rooms full of plants become a lifestyle trend extrapolating the ambiguity of how we deal with air pollution in the present. Elsewhere, the ‘Which room is the least polluted?’ installation serves as a prompt for visitors to consider about how they perceive and deal with pollution in their own homes. In another exhibition, visitors are encouraged to explore the behind the scenes open-source technology to make their own air quality lamps using easy to assemble components.

multisensorial exhibition by architecture for dialogue in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
the exhibition proposes rooms full of plants for air purification to become a lifestyle trend

 

 

architecture for dialogue collaborates with salil parekh

 

‘My house is ill’​ forms a part of the Architecture for Dialogue’s ongoing ​study of air pollution micro-climates within indoor environments in Delhi, and investigates patterns that are otherwise unseen. ‘We set out to make the invisible, visible. One of the primary reasons we’re unable to truly comprehend how polluted our air is — is due to our inability to understand how air works.’ comments collaborator and technology lead, Salil Parekh.

 

Hosted within the artist residency at Khoj Studios, Delhi, the exhibition was executed with support of Khoj Studios​ and Prince Claus Fund​ as​ part of the programme ‘Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities’.

multisensorial exhibition by architecture for dialogue in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
discussions were held with visitors to reflect on how they deal with pollution in their own homes

multisensorial exhibition by architecture for dialogue in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
pay per view projections offer exquisite views out of a window without the risk of bad air

multisensorial exhibition by architecture for dialogue in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
the color of lighting reflects the different real-time safety levels within the house

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multisensorial exhibition by architecture for dialogue in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
Architecture for Dialogue collaborates with Salil Parekh for ‘My house is ill’

multisensorial exhibition by architecture for dialogue in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
the project imagines a future wherein the impact of air pollution breaches further into our everyday lives

multisensorial exhibition by architecture for dialogue in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
a network of particle-sensors providing insight on changing air quality within the house

 

 

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the installation was hosted in the artist residency at Khoj Studios, Delhi
the installation was hosted in the artist residency at Khoj Studios, Delhi
multisensorial exhibition in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
 
multisensorial exhibition in delhi invites visitors into a home that adapts to air pollution
 

project info:

 

name: My house is ill
designer: Architecture for Dialogue

collaborator: Salil Parekh

supported by: Khoj Studios

location: Delhi, India

 

 

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.

 

edited by: ravail khan | designboom

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