Weiche Wu 巫瑋哲 is a Taiwanese designer. He studied Industrial Design at Chang Gung University in Taiwan and received his MA in Industrial Design from Central St. Martins, London. In addition to product design, Weiche also specialises in graphic design, photography and critical design thinking. His expertise lies in shaping products in a very visual way, which in short means designing with a priority on aesthetics.

In 2011, Weiche worked with the French company, Rémy Martin, to generate a new concept for their heritage Louis XIII brand. The final outcome ’Cérémonie pour un Roi’ and ‘L'essence de Rémy Martin’ have been featured at MAISON & OBJECT in Paris, Salone in Milan, Wallpaper Magazine and in other global media.

Upon graduation from Central St. Martins, he joined Benjamin Hubert’s studio in London and participated in several iconic projects such as ‘Tenda’ lamp and ‘Construction Site’ in 2012 Designjunction.

In 2012, he founded Taipei based Union Atelier. The studio works on varying design commissions and collaborations; and with the deliberate intention to combine international design trends with Taiwanese traditions, the team has created, and consistently applies, their own unique signature design language.

Green Cells

The inspiration comes from the cells and the networks between them. The cell is like a molecular factory, there is a huge and complex network. Also, the other scientists said that biological networks contain repeating patterns that are not random, but highly organised.

So we put this theory into our concept of the system of future city, which have the function to rebuild, recover and react. The whole system in the city is like a big network, that can treat pollution. But most importantly, there will be a connection between the new synthetic biology city network and people who live there. People can feel the city and get a tangible and visible experience of how the system work.
Nowadays, the pollution represents a major concern, as well as in the future. It affects the quality of life and the health of the people. The main source of pollution are people and their activities. How can the objects persuade people to realise the problem of pollution?

Even though the pollution in cities reaches very high levels, people do not notice the polluted air that they breathe everyday. Even if they go to a park, they will not find pure air, because the pollution is everywhere. The concept aims to bring feasible solutions to the city pollution, by implementing new systems and materials using synthetic biology.

The concept is a network of "cells" that provide pure air to people that want to feel the advantages of having clean air. All the individual cells identify the surrounding air quality and react to it. The objects filter the air around them, and produce pure air.

If the levels of pollution are really high, the object  changes its characteristics, just as the cells change when something is ill, and as plants change their appearance when they are dry. The objects begin to change their colour and their shape. In this way, people are warned that in that area the level of pollution is really high. The shape can change in such a way that people cannot enter into the space. Therefore, they are persuaded to go in other areas and to make something to stop pollution.

While the cell is closed, it can recover, repair itself. Also, the other cells can provide energy to heal the cell that is ill. The pollution cause acid rain that can have harmful effects on plants, aquatic animals, and infrastructure through the process of wet deposition. The object can also filter the water from the rain, so when you are staying inside the object, the water that pours from the sky is pure.

Designed by Yiwei Bo, Xin Wang, Shangwei Lin, Sebastian Popa and Weiche Wu.
Special thanks to Dr Madam Babu and Dr Harry White.

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