Ka’aguy— “the forest” in Tupi-Guarani
in collaboration with Thiago de Mello Bueno.
We aim to empower individuals to improve their indoor air quality, and benefit from the positive psychological impacts attributed to plants while having a substantial aesthetic impact in the environment. Using design, science and technology, Ka’aguy fosters a DIY approach, by sharing accessible knowledge on ambient design, indoor plant cultivation and propagation, soil making, and simple microcontroller automation.
PBTFs were popularized by a NASA experiment in the 1980s, in which scientists demonstrated the ability of certain indoor plants to remove gaseous pollutants from indoor air. Indoor air botanical filtration is still evolving and is not yet popularised, most implementation depends on costly alternatives available mostly to corporations and high income households.
Drawing on N.A.S.A.’s research on indoor air filtering through harnessesing botanical biofiltration, we’re currently working on prototype #2 of a modular indoor air biofilter (a.k.a. plant-assisted biotrickling filter - PBTF).