Approach

Our team conducted design and technical research on possible air quality improvement interventions that could be deployed via a social venture. We received a grant from the Kresge Foundation to develop community-approved air quality improvement interventions for Reggie Wong Park, a community hub of Chinatown where residents gather to play 9-man volleyball and basketball. The neighborhood has among the highest rates of poverty in the city, with almost 1 in 4 households living below the poverty line.

Reggie Wong Park is steeped in Chinese-American immigrant tradition, and is also a place of refuge for a number of people experiencing homelessness. The park’s close proximity to two major highways and a train and subway station results in poor atmospheric air quality within the park, placing users at risk for long-term health issues.