Iconic Dutch dike renovation opens with energy-generating kites that can power 200 homes

November 21, 2017 by  
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The Netherlands’ legendary Afsluitdijk dike has been in use for 85 years but it needed a renovation — so the Dutch government turned to designer Daan Roosegaarde for help. Studio Roosegaarde recently unveiled their Icoon Afsluitdijk project featuring three eye-catching designs: Gates of Light, Windvogel, and Glowing Nature, with elements from clean power -generating kites to live bioluminescent algae . Studio Roosegaarde launched three striking designs at the Afsluitdijk. Icoon Afsluitdijk is intended to bolster the causeway’s iconic value, with the installations bringing light to the area after sunset. Related: Daan Roosegaarde unveils mind-expanding 295-foot SPACE installation in Eindhoven Gates of Light includes restored 1932 floodgates fitted with prisms that reflect light from vehicle headlights. If there are no cars by the Gates of Light – which the studio described as an example of a “futuristic and energy neutral landscape” – the structures don’t light up. Studio Roosegaarde said they were inspired to utilize retroreflection based on how butterfly wings reflect light. Windvogel could offer enough power for 200 households. The smart kites’ lines move back and forth in the wind to generate energy , much like a dynamo on a bicycle, according to Studio Roosegaarde. Glowing Nature is an exhibit in the dike’s historic bunkers featuring living algae. The bioluminescent microorganisms only light up when touched under optimal conditions and care. They could offer inspiration for light or energy solutions for the future, according to the studio. Roosegaarde said in a statement, “The Afsluitdijk represents a part of Dutch daring and innovation. We live with water, we fight with water, and we endeavor a new harmony…By adding a subtle layer of light and interaction, we enhance the beauty of the dike and form new links between man and landscape, darkness and light, poetry and practice.” Gates of Light will become a permanent part of the dike. Glowing Nature and Windvogel can be glimpsed until January 21, 2018. + Studio Roosegaarde Images courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde

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Daan Roosegaarde introduces smog-sucking, air-cleaning bikes

May 15, 2017 by  
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Daan Roosegaarde has been touring China with his Smog Free Project , showcasing the Smog Free Tower and encouraging people to find innovative solutions to address air pollution . He’s not out of ideas yet though; he’ll add to his tour with new smog-sucking bicycles . These bikes could work much like his Smog Free Tower does, absorbing dirty air , cleaning it, and pouring it back out as fresh air. Biking in a city polluted by smog isn’t healthy, so people are less inclined to ditch their cars and opt for a bicycle. Roosegaarde envisions an answer to that problem in a bike that can inhale dirty air, clean it, and pump it out around a cyclist. Related: China’s crazy smog-sucking vacuum tower might actually be working In a statement, Roosegaarde said, “ Beijing used to be an iconic bicycle city. We want to bring back the bicycle as a cultural icon of China and as the next step towards smog free cities.” The studio says the concept aligns with growing interest in bike sharing programs in China – like Mobike , which has over a million shareable bicycles in the Beijing area. There’s still a long way to go to slash pollution and traffic in the country’s capital, but the smog-sucking bicycle could offer a creative approach to the problem. The Smog Free Bicycle found its beginnings in a Studio Roosegaarde-hosted workshop at contemporary art museum M Woods in Beijing, featuring Professor Yang of Tsinghua University and artist Matt Hope, who worked on an idea for an air-filtering bike around four years ago . According to Studio Roosegaarde, the new smog-sucking bicycle is “currently in the first stage and is intended to become a medium for smog free cities, generating clean air by pedaling, and creating impact on the larger urban scale.” + Studio Roosegaarde Images via Studio Roosegaarde and Wikimedia Commons

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Daan Rossegaarde uses light art to breathe new life into an iconic Dutch dike

September 6, 2016 by  
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Built mostly by hand in 1932, the Afsluitdijk is a 32-kilometer-long dike that has protected the Netherlands from flooding for nearly a century. As part of a plan to renovate and strengthen the dike, the Dutch government commissioned Studio Roosegaarde to celebrate the dike through art. Roosegaarde’s Icoon Afsluitdijk will use a mix of light sources to enhance the infrastructure’s beauty, from bioluminescent algae to colorful LED lasers. Icoon Afsluitdijk comprises four major elements: the Gates of Light, the Line of Light, Windvogel, and Glowing Nature. Gates of Light will highlight the 60 renovated historical lock complexes with retroreflective coating that will catch and reflect the light emitted by the headlights of passing cars. The Line of Light turns the 32-kilometer-long guide rail into a light reflective and emphasizes its straight line. Windvogel brings to life high-flying illuminated kites that harness wind energy . Bioluminescent algae are the star of the show of Glowing Nature and will be showcased in a historic bunker. Related: Dutch Propose Using Dikes to Generate Power “The Afsluitdijk stands for daring, action, and innovative engineering,” said Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen. “In this project, we are building on that tradition and, in terms of flood risk management, sustainability, and innovation, the Afsluitdijk will thus remain a living legend today, tomorrow and in the distant future.” + Studio Roosegaarde Images via Studio Roosegaarde

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Daan Roosegaarde is going to pour light into a historic 32km-long dike in the Netherlands

July 14, 2016 by  
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Daan Roosegaarde is at it again with a new public art project that is bound to dazzles onlookers. The Dutch artist will create a layer of light and interaction for the 32-kilometer long dike, which is slated for renovation in The Netherlands . The project, called ICOON AFSLUITDIJK, is designed to enhance the connection between humans and nature, and take drivers on a journey from the past into the future. https://vimeo.com/171561989 The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment invited Roosegaarde to take part in the renovation of the century-old dike that protects the country against flooding . The project will be executed in three phases over a period of more than two years, and include both temporary and permanent elements revealed gradually to the users. The program will kick off its first chapter in the late summer of 2016 with festive activities. Related: Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands Roosegaarde’s project aims to reinforce the iconic status of the dike and celebrate the relationship between Dutch residents and their landscape. A special part of the project will be “Afsluitdijk Open” , for which the officials will close one causeway for cars and allow pedestrians to experience the dike bathed in the light of the rising sun. + Studio Roosegaarde Images via Studio Roosegaarde

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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

April 15, 2015 by  
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At Meet the Media Guru this year, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde presented the “Smog free project”, an “electronic vacuum cleaner” that could potentially suck up urban smog . According to Roosegaarde, the brilliant design could be ready to go as soon as 2016. The cleaner works by using copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog particles from the air, and Roosegaarde is already in talks with the mayor of Beijing to put the machine in a city park to give city dwellers fresh air. The innovative solution could be instrumental in addressing the city’s air pollution issues . Read the rest of Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air purifier , Beijing smog , chinese smog vacuum , Daan Roosegaarde , dutch vacuum cleaner cleans up china’s smog , eco design , electronic air vacuum cleaner , green design , sustainable design , vacuum cleaner sucks up chinese smog

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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

April 15, 2015 by  
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At Meet the Media Guru this year, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde presented the “Smog free project”, an “electronic vacuum cleaner” that could potentially suck up urban smog . According to Roosegaarde, the brilliant design could be ready to go as soon as 2016. The cleaner works by using copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog particles from the air, and Roosegaarde is already in talks with the mayor of Beijing to put the machine in a city park to give city dwellers fresh air. The innovative solution could be instrumental in addressing the city’s air pollution issues . Read the rest of Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air purifier , Beijing smog , chinese smog vacuum , Daan Roosegaarde , dutch vacuum cleaner cleans up china’s smog , eco design , electronic air vacuum cleaner , green design , sustainable design , vacuum cleaner sucks up chinese smog

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World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

June 23, 2014 by  
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GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

June 23, 2014 by  
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In a bid to bolster the importance of sustainable development, General Motors is building a tiny urban homestead out of a recycled shipping container in Detroit. Along with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) , TAKD Design and Integrity Building Group , GM is transforming the container into an agricultural research center that a student caretaker will manage for one year. The tiny home will sit on an urban farm plot , which the student will be responsible for maintaining and harvesting. Read the rest of GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cargotecture , eco design , general motors , green design , Integrity Building Group , Michigan Urban Farming Initiative , recycled shipping container , shipping container homestead , sustainable design , TAKD Design

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Ibuku Constructs Three Bamboo Homes in Bali’s Gorgeous Green Village

June 23, 2014 by  
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Glow-in-the-Dark ‘Smart Highways’ Replace Street Lights in the Netherlands

April 14, 2014 by  
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Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced standard street lighting on a 500 meter stretch of highway in The Netherlands. This project is the first stage of a concept first unveiled back in 2012 by designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, who presented his ‘Smart Highway’ plans during Dutch Design Week . Read the rest of Glow-in-the-Dark ‘Smart Highways’ Replace Street Lights in the Netherlands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Daan Roosegaarde , Glow in the dark street marking , innovation , Light pollution , smart highway , Street lighting , street marking , Studio Roosegaarde

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