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Pea Soup House: A recipe for better air quality


In Brief


Client:
RIBA

Location:
Various (mobile installation)

Construction value: 
£5,000

Completion:
Ongoing

A recipe for better air quality

A young team of six architectural designers from FCBStudios won an open call competition released by the RIBA (Royal institute of British Architects) to rethink or construct community within the built environment. The team developed a proposal for the mobile installation now known as ‘Pea Soup House’.

London’s air was once described as ‘thick as pea soup’ during the industrial revolution and Londoners were known as ‘Pea Soupers’. In 1952 11,000 deaths were attributed to poor air quality. Today is not much better.

The Pea Soup team aims to ‘construct communities’ by bringing them together through food whilst creating awareness of air pollution in cities, specifically London.

Pea Soup House serves daily soup that reflects the Air Quality Index (AQI) of that day – 1 being pea soup (green and good) 10 being bad (beetroot soup), and are collaborating with King’s College who monitor air pollution throughout London. 

Pea Soup House is part of a much larger exhibition called ‘At Home in Britain’ and part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016.

It is planned that the mobile installation will go ‘on tour’ to other locations within London to help raise awareness of poor air quality within the city.

Pea Soup House is just the first step. The team aim to develop their research into answering the question of how our built environment can help reduce air pollution and increase our health and well-being.


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Pea Soup House: A recipe for better air quality

"At the moment this is the first step for us, we want to reach out to communities and experts and put what we learn back into planning as an architect and complete that cycle.” Chris Allen
Project Architect

"A study by King’s College London last year found that nearly 9,500 people in the capital die early annually because of air pollution." 'The soup kitchen putting London's air quality on the menu'
The Guardian, 1st July 2016

“I see the air is good today,” says the security guard, as he sips his cup of bright green pea soup. “I can tell by the flavour.” 'The soup kitchen putting London's air quality on the menu'
The Guardian, 1st July 2016