Air

Quality

// According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is the fifth leading cause of death in India, resulting in about 620,000 premature deaths. Yet, until very recently, this has been a crisis under wraps. While deteriorating urban air quality is a cause for the rising health ailments, it is also a symptom of a larger failure of management and planning of urban systems in cities; a by-product of the way city design incentivizes or disincentivizes choices of urban living based in values such as convenience, safety, economy etc. The need of the hour is not just for technological fixes but the development of comprehensive approaches.//

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IN THE NEWS

November 07, 2016

Ambition of 'Breathe Bengaluru' Initiative

June 25, 2017

NDTV covers Breathe Bengaluru, Open House #5

May 15, 2017

First public demonstration of outcomes of Breathe Bengaluru study

June 21, 2017

Breathe Bengaluru featured @ Medium.com

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WHAT WE DO

 

As urban planners, here we are involved with policy makers, health experts, atmospheric scientists, data scientists, NGOs etc. to come together and provide a more holistic perspective to the issue and deliver strategic solutions that improve air quality for all. 

Our primary engagement with the issue has consisted of the following:

  • Understanding relationship of city design, land use patterns and urban form to air quality in an area.

  • Conceiving a methodology of how to locate air quality sensors and density of coverage required, based on environmental variables that influence air quality at a local level.

  • Nature and types of data required to understand experience of air pollution as both a symptom and a cause. Further, also identifying usability/application of the data for different stakeholders and their participation in the same.

  • Primary surveys to assess perception of people, behavioral trends, health impact and economic burden.

PROJECTS

An attempt to investigate into the causality of Air Pollution levels at different locations in Mangaluru by relating it to traffic density based on road hierarchy, land-use patterns and geographical features.

Client: A...

We recently took part in the Open DataCamp 2016 — an annual conference that aims to create a space to discuss the challenges and experiences of using data in India — to present our perspective, as urban planners, of a...

A interactive mapping game devised to build awareness among children on their impact on air pollution while travelling from home to school. The exercise created a competition between different schools to test how much...

A key conclusion from the perception surveys conducted - Personal experience of air pollution on one's health seems to be the key factor that shapes people's perceptions, sensitivity and their willingness to act.

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