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Xiaowei Wang - Diagrams

Xiaowei Wang - Diagrams

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Published by: Xiaowei Richard Wang on Jul 07, 2013
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Through the playful act of kite flying FLOAT_Beijing has empoweredBeijing citizens to take action and protest current air quality standards,leading to people-driven improved policies for healthier lives. FLOATis a tool to collect air quality data and circumvent state controlledchannels of information. At community workshops participants learnabout the health hazards of air pollutants and their detection throughDIY sensors, which they learn to build and attach to kites. FLOAT mod-ules are designed to be transparent and reconfigured by users. Resi-dents challenge the invisibility of official data by flying their air qualitysensing kites in highly visible public spaces. Kites have a strong cul-tural history in China which draws in diverse participants connectingthem to new technologies. Participants are empowered by the abilityto sense air quality. More importantly, through FLOAT_Beijing, citi-zens become active agents in monitoring, and eventually transformingtheir own environments.FLOAT_Beijing consists of two key elements: open source air qual-ity sensing kites and community workshops that teach residents howto make the pollutant sensor and how to collect and interpret data.The air quality sensing kites have been widely used by local Beijingresidents. In collaboration with a local, traditional kite maker in Bei- jing, we designed the kites which the sensors were attached to. Welaunched the project and held a series of workshops during summer of2012. We had several kite flights using the air quality sensing kites inpublic plazas in Beijing, with many public plaza visitors engaging withthe project and attending workshops afterwards.

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