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Lichen Air Sensors

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// Aditya Joshi

Lichen Air Sensors offers to use lichen as a natural pollution sensor.

Signage which indicates polluted areas is available in the tool kit.

Users can share what they found via the app.

This user-friendly project is easy to produce.

Lichens are among the most ancient living organisms on earth. They grow everywhere and get their nutrients from the atmosphere. Very sensitive to pollution, they are precious indicators of air quality. Aditya designed Lichen Air Sensors to raise public awareness of urban biodiversity and its understanding. The project enables passersby to geolocate lichens and to take part in creating an informative urban signposting system. In the school context, the project educates children in eco-responsibility. This application puts citizens at the heart of a humane initiative in tune with nature, through the localization of lichen.

" Aditya’s project deals with the issue of biodiversity and air quality in public spaces. Air quality is measured by the presence of plants (lichens) which we are often unaware of and whose shape indicates the level of air pollution. With his project developed with experts in the field, Aditya deciphers these indicators in an educational initiative intended for children, which combines exploration with discovering the environment. The innovation is counter to the current approach. No electronic sensors, but rather an approach which consists of “learning to see one’s environment differently”, which is the very essence of the Designer’s position in public spaces. The innovation also lies in the way it deals with the problem of air quality and biodiversity through play, without singling anyone out. Easy to produce, open source and a powerful agent of change, the kit has caught the attention of our European partners from the Atlantic Youth Creative Hub project and is due to be distributed in the European Atlantic area, with tests scheduled in schools. Aditya demonstrates that seemingly small things can drive big changes! "

Florent Orsoni,
City Design Lab Director

This project is selected for Design L’Expo 2019 and will be exhibited from December 19th 2019 to March 1st 2020 at la Cale 2 Créateurs.


Internship, Centre Michel Serres, with a multi-disciplinary team, focused on the theme of rural life in 2035, Paris

MDes Mutations of the Built Environment, City Design Lab, L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique

Thesis on “The role of spontaneous biodiversity in sustainable cities”

Master’s in industrial design, Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore, India

Design is a tool for becoming ecologically and socially responsible. ” Victor Papanek

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