Participative Urban Air Quality Monitoring Using Open Source Devices


  • Maurizio Vrenna Polytechnic of Torino
  • Matthieu Crétier
  • Simon Nelson Landén



urban air pollution, open source devices, participative monitoring, sharing platform, public awareness


Air pollution negatively affects the life quality of billions of people living in urban areas. Current monitoring systems provide accurate data but this is distributed on large-scale grids. It is therefore difficult for citizens and institutions to be fully aware of the air quality in their area. The article presents an interdisciplinary research group’s experimentation, aimed at creating a compact, economic, and easily reproducible device capable of measuring pollutants and reporting them in real-time on a detailed, free-access map. The openness of the code and the versatility of the product are the keys to its replicability and for tackling air pollution with a participatory approach.


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Author Biographies

Maurizio Vrenna, Polytechnic of Torino

PhD Student in Management, Production, and Design at the Department of Architecture and Design. During his professional career in Europe and Asia, he has been involved in the development of sustainable products and services. His current research revolves around the topics of air pollution and microalgae production in urban areas.

Matthieu Crétier

MBA graduate and MSc in Vehicle Engineering. While in Sweden for almost 4 years he has developed electronics for sustainable and autonomous transportation. Currently based in Munich, he is responsible for digitalizing the conception and production of prosthetics and orthotics in a MedTech startup.

Simon Nelson Landén

MSc in Mechatronics from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Sweden). He has several years of experience as a software developer within embedded systems. He is currently working in the field of electrification.


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How to Cite

Vrenna, M., Crétier, M. . and Landén, S. N. . (2019) “Participative Urban Air Quality Monitoring Using Open Source Devices”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 5(online), pp. 167–174. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/5192019.



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