Radiation is something that surrounds us from day to day,received through various forms. Some examples being Wi-Fi, mobile phones, radiowaves, microwaves and wireless technology. The health aspects of these smallforms of radiation have been said to be “possibly carcinogenic” by the WorldHealth Organisation. Furthermore, due tothe relatively short time exposure to smart technologies, few studies have beendone on the effects of more frequent lower doses of radiation. However, theresults are likely to become more apparent in the near future. Therefore, myintention is to significantly reduce the effects of radiation on the public by reducingoverall electromagnetic radiation exposure.
To do this, I have designed a new system to avoid electromagneticradiation. My proposal is to create a tunnel system that is at street level,which provides pedestrians with protection from most forms of radiation. Thistunnelling system will be provided around areas which show high levels of electromagneticradiation, and high levels of pedestrians at any time of the day.
The design involves the use of copper meshbecause of it conductivity and its ability to reflect and absorb radio waves.This, used with wireless signal jamming devices can create a space without anydigital connection. The types of Jamming devices used within the design areType “B” (intelligent cellular disablers), and Type “E” (EMI shield), thesewill transform paths into digitally protected areas.
The way in which the users of the space, interact and behavein it will underpin its overall success. If the space is misunderstood, theuser may feel repressed or violated because of the force full shut down created.This could be seen in a negative way of using control rather than creating aprotection for the people. Behavioural reactions and acceptance will help thespace be used for its primary purpose, as well as be a feature which the userfeels more comfortable within (Wicker 1987).
Architectural determinism is a concept which shows a directrelationship between the designed environment and a particular behaviour (Bellet al, 2001). As a result of this theory, it is possible that the behaviourshown within the space (of preventing the use of digital technologies), couldbe inherited outside also.
The popular attitude of being a health conscious individual,trying to be the fittest and healthiest we can be, and this product willcompliment that mentality. To have a new space that can provide you withprotection, fit into your daily routine and for free use, this would form a newsocial normality. With the increase in the amount of digital technologyproducing electromagnetic fields, there will be higher demands for the product.This could potentially lead to extensions to the system providing more Contact-less Zone e.g. coffee stalls andfood stalls. With the wave like shape of the tunnel it will provide places tosit and create a new environment within the space. Resulting in more of aconcentration on interaction rather than digital networking and social media.
Furthermore, the space is available for the use of everyone,there is no discrimination of who can use the system. People that do not havephones or digital technology on them can still benefit from the space due tothe design. Also, the space is not enforced onto the pedestrians as this wouldtake away their right of freedom to go where they choose, this provides theoption to take full advantage of the space if desired.
The issues that surround the design are the potential of theftand vandalism, due to the high value of the materials used to make the tunnel.As well as the space being used negatively, being un-used and the upkeepcreating another financial burden for the economy. However these are issues that surround allpublic spaces, and this could potentially reduce the carcinogenic effects onsociety.
In conclusion, the Contact-lessZones provide a break from our everyday buzz, giving a new environment toflourish into. It is protection provided in the most efficient way with thepotential of great expansion. A new social normality will be formed with newattitudes towards the use of digital technology and connectivity, created bythe Contact-less Zone tunnelsystem.
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