MQDC’s RISC showcases urban air purifiers at Bangkok Design Week

21 February 2020, Bangkok – MQDC’s Research & Innovation for Sustainability Center (RISC) showcased its solutions for tackling city smog at Bangkok Design Week.

RISC has developed and installed 2 alternative devices to counter harmful outdoor pollutants such as PM2.5 dust, linked to a range of health issues including respiratory problems.

"In the past, we have focused mainly on research for indoor quality of life as people spend over 90% of their days inside buildings,” said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Singh Intrachooto, Chief Advisor to RISC.

“But last year’s air quality crisis has prompted RISC to pursue research outside buildings.”

‘Fresh One’ is an electrostatic urban air purifier that RISC and its partners have installed outside Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard in the center of Bangkok.

By giving dust an electric charge, the machine can then scrub it from the air with material carrying the opposite charge. ‘Fresh One’ can purify up to 9,000 cubic meters of air each hour without using conventional filters.

‘Fahsai’ is a hybrid air purifier tower named after the Thai term for ‘clear sky’. The device is installed in the Family Park at 101 True Digital Park, an innovative lifestyle complex connected by skywalk to Punnawithi BTS station on Sukhumvit.

Using a 3,800 Watt solar panel and water sprays, ‘Fahsai’ can purify up to 120,000 cubic meters an hour.

The 2 air purifiers will be installed throughout 2020, also gathering data on weather and pollution to help develop air purifying technology.

RISC researchers Dr. Jittapat Choruengwiwat, Ms. Panpisu Julpanwattana, and Mr. Napol Kieatkongmanee spoke on the technologies at a special presentation at RISC during Bangkok Design Week on 5 February.

RISC was set up to help raise standards across the property sector under MQDC’s founding commitment ‘For All Well-Being’, to enhance quality of life for all living beings.

The center conducts research and curates publicly accessible resources, such as an eco-materials library, at its headquarters in central Bangkok.

To learn more about RISC’s work for well-being, or to book a visit, go to