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Noise, Air and Chemical Pollution in Sydney | Biocity Studio


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Noise, Air and Chemical Pollution is a serious issue in Sydney. Domestic and Commercial/ Motor Vehicles have the highest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions. Pollution can led to serious health problems e.g. respiratory problems, decrease in lung and immune system functions and also has effects on our native flora and fauna.

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Noise, Air and Chemical Pollution in Sydney | Biocity Studio

  1. 1. A presentation on Sydney’s pollution Ben Magistale & Benjamin Gresham
  2. 3. <ul><li>Plasma TV’s “generate up to three times the greenhouse gas created by running a conventional 76cm TV” (, 2007). </li></ul><ul><li>Cars are still one of the major contributors to air, noise and light pollution. Even with the new ‘bio-fuel’ and diesel engines, this problem has not decreased. It is still a significant issue that designers MUST address. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone has a responsibility to be environmentally friendly. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Source: NSW DECC, 2006
  4. 5. EARLY MORNING OFF-SHORE BREEZE AFERNOON ON-SHORE SEA BREEZE Blue Mountains SW Growth Centre NW Growth Centre EARLY MORNING BREEZE Source: Google Earth & Ben Gresham, 2009
  5. 6. Source: SMH, 2006
  6. 7. <ul><li>Photochemical Smog </li></ul><ul><li>Air Pollution 15 years ago vs. Now </li></ul>Source: City of Sydney, 2007 Source: City of Sydney, 2007
  7. 8. Pollution in Historic Sydney Source: Indymedia, 19??
  8. 9. “ Millions of suburban houses means millions of cars, millions of smog belching passenger kilometres and millions of kids with chronic asthma and bronchitis” (Farrelly, 2009).
  9. 10. <ul><li>Photo by Ben Magistrale </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Photo by Ben Magistrale </li></ul>
  11. 12. Source: NSW DEC Atmospheric Science emissions data, 2003
  12. 13. FEMALE MALE NSW Cancer Council, 2002 NSW Cancer Council, 2002 Incidence of Lung cancer Incidence of Lung cancer
  13. 14. “ Smog and particle pollution have significant health impacts. Studies have shown that they can cause increases in mortality, hospital admissions, respiratory symptoms such as asthma and decreases in lung and immune system function” (Metro Strategy, 2005).
  14. 15. <ul><li>How it affects urban development </li></ul><ul><li>How it affects urban renewal processes </li></ul><ul><li>Any effects on humans </li></ul><ul><li>Botany, Homebush & Rhodes </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Action for Air (NSW Air Quality management plan). </li></ul><ul><li>EPA </li></ul><ul><li>Sydney Metro Strategy 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>BASIX </li></ul><ul><li>Kyoto Protocol </li></ul><ul><li>Earth Hour </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Major Power Plants / Industrial areas </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>The CBD is ‘lights on’ 24/7 – why?? </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Aeroplanes </li></ul><ul><li>Motorways </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Loss of wildlife, flora & fauna </li></ul><ul><li>Effects on parkland & Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Bush fires in Sydney area contribute to air pollution </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>Both sprawling coastal cities with similar geography and air quality issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Car dependant cities where single drivers dominate </li></ul>Sydney Los Angeles
  21. 23. <ul><li>Pollution is a SERIOUS issue that designers must address. </li></ul><ul><li>We can incorporate design principles to combat pollution and make our city safer for all!! </li></ul>