We have created machines to enhance ourselves. We invented the wheel and cars to
liberate ourselves and travel. But now these machines are striking back, making air
polluted in high-density cities like Beijing.
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde believes we should do more, not less and make
modern cities more livable again. As a young design firm based in the Netherlands and
Shanghai, he has been working on intricate designs like a sustainable dance floor which
generates electricity when you dance, and smart highways which produce their own light.
Now Daan Roosegaarde with his team of ENS Europe and expert Bob Ursem (TU Delft) are
creating nano technology to clean the air of Asian cities. By making a weak ion
electromagnetic field (similar like static electricity that attracts your hair) the smog
components in the air are pulled down to the ground where they can be easily cleaned.
This creates gigantic holes of clean air in the sky. Here people can breath, and see the sun
The projects has two goals; first to clean air locally in public parks and secondly to create
an unique art experience in the middle of the city of Beijng where people can meet and
This combination of high-tech and imagination is what Roosegaarde calls ‘techno-poetry’.
It is time to upgrade reality.