“Breathe, for climate design”, an educational exhibition on pollution



A baker doesn’t breathe the same air as a nurse, who doesn’t breathe the same air as an animal groomer, who doesn’t breathe the same air as a concert hall manager. Anyway, not all the time. The exhibition “Breathe”presented until September 25 in Luxembourg, very symbolically in a former steel building, takes account of an obvious fact that is nevertheless poorly described when we talk about air quality: everyone is exposed to variable pollution according to their domestic, professional world. , his practice of transport, his social life…

To convince of this, design students from the Ensad (National School of Art and Design) in Nancy, specializing in the study of living environments, have selected a dozen inhabitants of the Grand Est. Everyone wore a micro-sensor, in order to qualify the 15 m3 of air breathed each day. The students accompanied the people during the recordings, and took notes on the spaces that surrounded them at each moment, on their gestures, in order to then be able to establish correlations.

Pretty toxic bales of hay

Maps, infographics, curves, testimonials… The results are presented in a clear, educational and visual way in the exhibition, with a successful scenography. The opportunity to see, for example, that a farmer is subject to a lot of dust and sometimes unsuspected pollutants. “The most polluting moment occurs when you open the bales of hay, which has fermented in the plastic envelope. A toxic and invisible gas escapes”explains Patrick Beauce, head of the environmental design department at Ensad.

The data recorded led the grower to change his practices to now open his bales outdoors. Another example: Océane, a botanist gardener, is extremely exposed when she sweeps! Or again, employees of beauty salons are not aware that the levels of air pollution there are extremely high.

We realize how much we must be wary of our senses, but also how much everyone breathes their own objects, their own activities. The exhibition reminds visitors of their power to act, by presenting various participatory approaches by citizens, sometimes under the aegis of local authorities, as well as alternatives in the use of biosourced objects, made of hemp or wicker for example, materials on which Ensad works all year round.

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