Certain Places commission 2015 - 17
quality is an issue that affects us with every breath we
take. I am looking at air quality and pollution in relation
to our daily routines, how it affects our health, the
environment and how we engage with this invisible problem.
Using the latest innovation in air quality monitoring to
measure and record levels of fine particulate matter (PM) I
conducted walks in Preston (February 2016), Glasgow (April
2016) and London (May 2016). Volunteers helped me gather
the data by recommending routes and accompanying me on the
The PM monitors were devised by Dr Stefan Reis, Centre for
Ecology and Hydology in Edinburgh with Dr DK Arvind,
University of Edinburgh.
The outcome of this commission will be launched in 2017.
I conducted 13 walks in Preston covering 86km:
Map showing PM 2.5 data for one of the Preston walks.
Map showing PM 2.5 data for one of the London walks.
The following scientsts and experts have contributed to
this project: Dr Carly Stevens (Lancaster Environment
Centre), Dr Stefan Reis (CEH), Dr DK Arvind (University of
Edinburgh), Diana Silva (King's College London), Dr Mark
Lochrie (UCLan), Dr Matthew Loxham (University of
Southampton), Professor Frank Kelly (King's College
London), Chris Hodson and Jose Pinon Shaw (Preston City
Council) and Mic Starbuck (environmental activist in
Particulate Matter website and
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