Be Green Air Quality Visualiser

ProjectBe Green Air Quality Visualiser

Be Green Air Quality Visualiser

The Be Green cylinder was the result of a long and complex project, where for a number of reasons the goal posts kept moving. This was not atypical for a pervasive installation in a public space with a multitude of stakeholders and a wealth of urban regulation to be considered.
The brief was to create greater awareness around the issue of air purity in a city centre that experiences radical extremes of temperature and weather.
At first this was to be aimed at motorists passing through the city on a main european thoroughfare, the E4. However, difficulties in arriving at consensus from all the authorities involved caused it to be moved to a more pedestrian area, with passers by as the main target group.
The advantage with this change of venue was that it opened the installation up for interactivity and a greater dialogue with the public.
In the final version, achieved with only three weeks lead time, was a simple interactive game, presented on a cylindrical, all-weather screen that reflected the steps that could be taken on a personal level to improve the air purity situation in  the city. So this game rewarded walking, cycling, running, bussing and other forms of environmentally friendly transport choices, while creating a negative visual response to cars, trucks, mopeds etc.

The aim of the installation was to create a topic of conversation among the city dwellers and visitors that would highlight the issue being reflected, this was deemed to be a great success by Be Green, the instigator of the environmental project.

 

Rouien Zarin, Nicholas True, Nigel Papworth, Kent Lindberg, and Daniel Fallman. 2013. Be green: implementing an interactive, cylindrical display in the real world. In Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 55-60. DOI=10.1145/2491568.2491581 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2491568.2491581