“Bre△the” Project Wall Demos Plant-Based Air Remediation

Brethe is a botanically based air-purifying system constituting plant-based air-remediation strategies. It is hydroponic, meaning that the plants grow without soil in a medium that is composed of adsorbents and porous glass stones that capture and filter toxins in the air. This system can be used as a model for a self-regenerating solution that could be integrated into the HVAC systems of buildings to improve indoor air quality and reduce energy consumption.

Brethe brings together a field of interdisciplinary experts at CCNY including scientists, engineers, and architects, among them Assistant Professor Ahu Aydogan in collaboration with the Grove School of Engineering/CCNY and Advanced Science Research Center/CUNY (ASRC). Using a PSC-CUNY Award, the first prototype of the Brethe project was fabricated as a standalone structure at the Spitzer School graduation in May 2018.

In April 2019, the project was reassembled by Aydogan’s research group, and it is on demonstration on the fifth floor of ASRC.