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A Melt-Blown Moment:
Pandemics, Wildfires, and the New Exactitude of the Architectural Filter
Erin Putalik & Erica Schapiro-Sakashita
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Filters for both the body (N95) and for buildings (MERV-13 or greater) have gained unprecedented public interest during the past two years. This essay examines some of the historical periods in which respiration and filtration were driving concepts in architecture, and considers the degree to which future architecture might be mandated to respond to the public’s newfound exactitude of air awareness.

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