Royal College of Art Architecture graduate Chang-Yeob Lee, who has worked as an architecture designer and visualizer with experience at Heatherwick Studio in London, is currently pursuing new ways of communicating ‘future narrative’ design and architectural solutions with the emergence of robotic prototypes that function as design tools. His distinctive and recognized project is called Synth[e]Tech[e]Cology and the playful wording represents 3 key elements of Lee’s project: synthetic, techie [technological], and ecology.

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  Chang-Yeob Lee  (24)

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Lee’s Diploma project is a [currently still utopian] transformation of London’s BT Tower into a pollution-harvesting high rise structure – his proposal is about taking away the telecommunications function of the tower in order to place something different: an eco-skyscraper.

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  Chang-Yeob Lee  (19)

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In his research, Lee has looked at a number of factors such as social, political, economic, and healthcare and he has mostly focused on the society-health relationship. By addressing the respiratory illness as an issue of matter within London and the city’s unique climate, Lee proposes to re-design the BT Tower into a commodity for harvesting affecting pollutants.

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  Chang-Yeob Lee  (25)

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On the other hand, Lee does pay close attention to the economic factor in his research too, that is why he suggests that the investment in such pollution-harvesting invention would be of great benefit in times of depleting/scarce resources. He even quotes Buckminster Fuller, according to whom pollution does in fact seem to be a source we do not know yet how to use: “Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value” (Fuller, B.)

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  Chang-Yeob Lee  (17)

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The exterior of the high rise building – a very visual and dynamic process, is suggested the purpose of an eco-catalytic converter. While the interior is proposed to accommodate a research center that would investigate new methods of increasing air movement, harvesting its pollutant matter, and aim at maximizing the structure’s efficiency.

By Yoana Chepisheva

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