No this is not a belated April Fool’s Joke, architects have proposed building giant bubble-like domes over Beijing parks and other sites to keep residents safe from smog. We figure it’s only a matter of time before Beijing citizens are bouncing around town in plastic balls alla Bubble Boy. SCMP reports:
“It’s just an infrastructure project like building metro stations and parks – it’s applicable in every dense, polluted metropolis where there’s a need for open, green spaces throughout the year,” says Rajat Sodhi at Orproject, an architecture practice with offices in London, Beijing and New Delhi.
Orproject’s answer is Bubbles. The structure encloses a botanical garden while the air is filtered, and controlled for both temperature and humidity throughout the year. Adjoining buildings could be apartments, offices and shops, though schools, sports and medical facilities would be the obvious first fit for Bubbles. It doesn’t even have to include gardens; it could be used to enclose playgrounds or school yards, or the atrium or gardens of an office building, shopping mall or apartment complex.
Looks expensive? The architects reckon that Bubbles would cost about HK$5,150 per square metre, or HK$7,750 per square metre if it included solar panels. That would rule out the concept for many cities in the developing world, especially in India and Africa. China, however, is an exception.
Brings whole new meaning to the term “property bubble.”
The fact that this is the go-to anti-pollution measure is a testament to how bad Beijing pollution has gotten/how truly ridiculous the previous anti-pollution measures were.