In a battle to claim title to world's cleanest cities, Paris has come up with a concept for anti-smog architecture.
What looks like the top half of a drinking straw poking out of the water, and a giant white and green football laying on a road is actually a new prototype by architect Vincent Callebaut. He hopes the green technology and sustainable design will help to ward off smog and promote cleaner air in the City of Lights.
The football structure has been called a â€œSolar Dropâ€ and sits on unused railroad tracks. It's covered in solar photovoltaic panels to produce green energy, and the titanium dioxide (TiO2) coating works with UV lights to break down and reduce smog and other air pollution.
It looks incredible from the inside too. A sunny room covered in glass allows optimal light in an area that appears to be a cafe. The modern white furniture is striking against the ashy wood floors. Then again, these are just sketches and not necessarily how the interior will really look.
More information on Anti Smog: An Innovation Centre in Sustainable Development can be seen on Callebaut's site.
Vincent Callebaut's Green Innovation Centre
1. Anti-smog Architecture - The development of technologies and materials to reduce air pollution through architectural design.
2. Green Energy Generation - The use of solar photovoltaic panels and other renewable energy sources to power buildings and infrastructure.
3. Sustainable Design - The creation of buildings and urban spaces that prioritize environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
1. Architecture and Design - Utilizing expertise in architecture and sustainable design to develop innovative anti-smog solutions for urban environments.
2. Renewable Energy - Developing and implementing renewable energy technologies to power buildings and infrastructure and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
3. Environmental Consulting - Providing expertise in environmental policy, sustainability, and eco-friendly design to clients in the public and private sectors looking to reduce their environmental impact.