The Fresh Air Network
Lanzhou Waterbus Network and Central Terminal - China
In 2015 the World Health Organisation named Lanzhou, the capital of the Gansu province, China’s most air polluted city.
The Fresh Air Network explores how inter-city transport infrastructure can be designed to improve health and well being in one of China’s most polluted cities, through the design of a waterbus system and central terminal. The Fresh Air Network aims to bring life back to the river and reduce overall vehicular pollution in Lanzhou. Collectively, the terminals create a chain of oases, using water and local algae cultures to filter pollution, providing clean air for travellers and a healthier way to traverse the city. The ‘Central West Terminal’ is an exemplar for the rest of the network. The terminal links two sides of the river to create a common space for the city, housing hybrid programs to support physical and mental health with a focus towards the age groups most vulnerable to air pollution.