Beyond Urban Agriculture

Emerging plant-based systems for improving air quality and reducing energy consumption​
Dr. Ahu Aydogan
Assistant Professor, Coordinator Building Technologies
City College
Ahu Aydogan is an architectural designer and researcher focused on the development of a plant-based filtration system to clean indoor air and reduce energy consumption of buildings. As Associate Professor and Deputy Chair at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, she coordinates technology curriculum for Undergraduate program and teaches construction technology courses and studio with an emphasis on the integration of environmental feedback loops into design processes. Aydogan received her Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) in 2012. Ahu has received several grants from multiple sponsors to support her research such as the US Army MSRDC, CIRG-CUNY and PSC-CUNY. Aydogan holds an international patent for filtration media invention that will be used in building-integrated plant-based systems.
References
Golden Pothos viability in engineered mixed bed growth media containing
ionic liquids for plant-based building air filtration systems
Review of the effects of plants
on indoor environments