This pollution-harvesting skyscraper, conceived by Royal College of Art graduate Chang-Yeob Lee, is a repurposed telecommunications tower in London designed to extract carbon from petrol fumes and use it to produce sustainable bio-fuel. Entitled Synth[e]tech[e]cology, the project envisions a structure which could gather, store and digest pollutants and harvest them to produce minerals and biofuel.
Synth[e]tech[e]cology was Lee’s diploma project at Royal College of Art in London, for which he won the Student Prize for Architecture at the Academy’s Summer Exhibition. He conceived the project as pollution-harvesting vertical infrastructure which would be attached to the Post Office Tower located in one of the most polluted areas of the city. Besides the pollution-harvesting technology, it would include a vertical oil field laboratory and a laboratory for future resources present in the atmosphere.
The project includes an analysis of carbon levels within the city and an extensive research on levels of respiratory illnesses in London. The repurposed tower would collect airborne dirt particles, and use carbon from petrol fumes to establish an alternative route to economic profit.