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Pleura Pod

Air purification wall transforming carbon dioxide into oxygen

Developed by students at MIT, Pleura Pod is a wall system where architecture and nature coexist. The term “pleura” is used to describe a thin membrane covering the lungs with closed cavities containing a small amount of fluid that minimizes the friction of respiratory movements.

Learning from nature, the research team explored a wall assembly with small cavities filled with algae and through which air is circulated, with the algae transforming carbon dioxide into oxygen.

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Exploring the possibilities of bio-mimicry
 
 
“Next Generation” 3rd prize
 
“Technical ingeniousness and intellectual rigor” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
Project Entry 2014 for North America
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Location
Cambridge, MA, USA
Authors
Beomki Lee
Main Author
Beomki Lee
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Suk Lee
Main Author
Suk Lee
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
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Main Author
Daeho Lee
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Prizes
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"Next Generation" 3rd prize 2014
North America
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