The ultimate aim of this project is to find a cost-beneficial method in which to change the way our cities are developing. The Victorians improved health by covering sewage systems- let's see if we can do the same by improving air quality.
This project encompases a transdisciplinary research group from the Universities of Cambridge, Surrey and ICL, but we know that innovations take place beyond our reach, therefore we want to work with other academics and industry partners to further our work.
We want to inform decision makers to ensure the results of this project can benefit cities across the globe, therefore we are excited to share all elements of our research to ensure the sustainable development of cities for the future.
CEO - Breathing Buildings,
“Managing Air for Green Inner Cities (MAGIC) is an important initiative for Breathing Buildings because the holistic approach to improving thermal comfort and air quality, and reducing energy consumption, are core to the values of our company. Our ability to apply novel natural and hybrid ventilation systems is limited by the constraints imposed on our buildings by the external environment. It is vital that the design of the built environment is considered in the context of the external environment, which is of course in turn affected by the scale and nature of the buildings themselves.
Looking to the future city, with more attention paid to external factors such as reducing combustion engine emissions and increased use of green space and water features, there are significant knock-on effects for the buildings. With quieter and cleaner external spaces, and ones where perhaps even the external temperature is buffered more effectively to reduce the heat island effect, the opportunity for low energy ventilation solutions becomes greater. The viscious downwards cycle of more mechanical systems to cope with unpleasant external environments which increases the level of pollutants in the external environment can be broken, and transformed into a cycle of sustainable development.”
Outstanding research is the foundation for the development of world-changing ideas and products, however academic knowledge cannot make these changes alone. We feel that excellent partnerships, providing meaningful collaborations, are the key to making any project a success. We have big visions for the outcome of the MAGIC project and are excited to hear from others that can ensure our plans are realised.
As such, we are looking to hear from anybody who feels that they or their organisation has the key skills, interests and capabilities required to ensure MAGIC is a success.
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