daan roosegaardes smog free tower opens in rotterdam

with this latest project that he himself commissioned, roosegaarde aims to clean urban skies with one single piece of technology: the ‘smog free tower’.

daan roosegaarde’s smog free tower opens in rotterdam
image courtesy of studio roosegaarde

on a very rainy day in the heart of rotterdam’s creative neighborhood, designboom came together with thedutch community from all around the city to see what daan roosegaarde and his studio were up to. starting out as an interactive artist, roosegaardeloves to create for the public space. with this latest project that he himself commissioned, roosegaarde aims to clean urban skies with one single piece of technology:the ‘smog free tower’.

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daan roosegaarde presenting the ‘smog free tower’
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roosegaarde and his team of experts have used patented ion technology to build a massive smog vacuum cleaner. the ‘smog free tower’ produces smog free bubbles of public space, allowing people to breathe and experience clean air for free. the seven meter high tower cleans 30.000 cubic metersof smog, uses no more electricity than a water boiler, and runs completely on sustainable green energy.

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the tower on display next to his studio in rotterdam
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to make sure nothing goes to waste, roosegaarde studio created jewelry of the collected smog particles. availablethrough their kickstarter campaign, the rings and cufflinks are filled with carbon compressed into ‘diamonds’.the ‘smog free tower’ is not meant to stay in rotterdam, withplans to travel to some of the worst smog in the world. along with governments, NGOs and clean tech industries, daan has already scheduled the tower to visit beijing and mumbai. ‘I’m tired of waiting for policies’, explains roosegaarde.Iwant to fix the problem now.’

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the upper panels open for cleaning
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video courtesy of studio roosegaarde

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inside the tower
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three ion vacuums collect the smog
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daan presenting the tower outside
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at night the tower lights up with LEDs
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in the studio, the team take the smog particles and forge cubes for the jewelry
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the tower façade
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