The Urban Canaries explore new ways of tackling air pollution through a pollution sensor whose own health depends on its exposure to clean air.
Daniel Goddemeyer (Concept & Creative Direction)
David Schellnegger (Graphic Design Consulting)
Brynn Shepherd (Web Coding)
While accompanying a child on their daily routines Urban Canaries continuously measure the air quality nearby to alert the child in case of air pollution. As does the child's health, the Urban Canaries' own health also suffers from continued exposure to polluted air.
Once ill, the Urban Canary can be examined using the parents' smart phone to gather more information about the cause of the illness and learn of ways to heal the Urban Canary.
Rather than simply translating measured data into visuals, the Urban Canaries facilitate new conversations between parent and child that will help avoid inner city air pollution in the future.
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