Proposal 1

Research Topic: Fairy Dust


Fairy dust is what i refer to of tiny dust particles that are floating unseen amongst us. Dust exist around us but we cannot see them and they are often harmful to our health.

Problem identification:

Air pollutant will always roam the air with the constant amount of cars passing through the city, construction site being build, factories emitting waste.

Aim and objectives:

To examine the amount of accumulation of dust; to make people realize the air that we breathe isn’t all that clean.


To explore behind the idea of something that is not visible to the naked eye but can cause a great deal to humans.

Ideation and concept:

To carry out the experiment i propose sticking sticky patches in several locations in urban areas and in rural areas to conclude whether it affects the city or rural areas as well.

Review, Analysis and precedence studies:

“A grime fighter from Norfolk is carrying out research aimed at defeating the problem of dust.

Mr Brimblecombe and his colleagues used sticky patches to collect dust in several historic houses, including Audley End in Essex, Knole in Kent and Osterley Park in west London.” – BBC

“People suffer from dust-related ailments like allergy, eczema, polyps, asthma, cough and cold, lung diseases, fever and other diseases.

Every day we are getting 2 or 3 (more than 1,000 per year) allergy patients. After the rainy season, the number of patients, related to dust ailments, will increase usually. Viral infection could also be the cause, but mostly these arise as allergic problems only. Dust mainly causes respiratory problems, cold, fever.”– The Times of India

“Images from the NOAA-18 satellite operated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also showed 310 hotspots in Sumatra as of Monday morning.

It was reported that the haze was the result of peat and forest fires in the Riau district in central Sumatra and may prolong because of the drought there, which may last until July.” – The Star

“Studies have been performed to target areas of health concern resulting from the plane crashes. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) is the most common health issue linked to the incident. At first glance, this does not appear to be linked to the dust from the buildings. The fact is, people who were exposed to the heavy dust were just as likely to contract PTSD as people who were injured or witnessed the horrific scenes the crashes caused.

The study also found that people who inhaled the dust from the buildings were more likely to contract lung problems. Many people were diagnosed with asthma and sinus problems, to name a couple. The reports continued for more than six years. New York City residents suffered three times the average cases than any other state.

The dust from 9/11 continued to be a problem for the city several months after the actual impact of the planes. Emergency workers who were on the scene at Ground Zero were found to have serious pulmonary function disorders such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

There was a rise in cancer cases in New York City after the 2001 attacks, suggesting that inhaled dust during and after the tragedy was a contributing factor. For instance, Donna Summer died of lung cancer. She had long-held to the notion that she contracted the disease because she lived in New York City at the time.” –

Design approach:

Installation – a panel of sticky patches  that has been collected from all parts of the city and rural areas, it will be labeled to indicate where it is from and the duration it was placed.


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