Not so much architecture in the traditional sense of this is where we live and work, but architecture as practical application or tool, the Air Stalagmite is conceived as a tool for helping to clean up pollution. The conceptual project makes quite an impression as a rendering with a view over Beijing where there are serious environmental issues not least of which is the massive amounts of pollution that quite literally leaves the city almost unfit for human habitation (slight exaggeration). The idea is amazing and sadly will probably become necessary at some point in our collective future, but it still seems incredibly utilitarian rather that something that might be viewed as architecturally attractive. The American design team of Changsoo Park and Sizhe Chen came up with design which is in its simplest form a towering vacuum with cleaning filters. That’s seriously one hell of a dustbag to have to change. Yikes.