Daan Roosegaarde unveils mind-expanding 295-foot SPACE installation in Eindhoven

October 13, 2017 by  
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Most of us won’t have a chance to blast off to outer space and glimpse the beauty of Earth at night. But designer Daan Roosegaarde’s firm Studio Roosegaarde brought that image of light and darkness to the Eindhoven Railway Station in the Netherlands . This new, interactive art installation, called SPACE , gives travelers the opportunity to, in the words of Roosegaarde, “experience a new dimension of light, just as an astronaut sees it in an orbit of the Earth.” Inhabitat spoke with Roosegaarde to hear more. People walking through Eindhoven Station will now have a good reason to linger a while. Studio Roosegaarde ‘s SPACE illuminates a tunnel with a 90-meter, or 295-foot, artwork, drawing on NASA satellite imagery of the Earth. Roosegaarde told Inhabitat the piece is “about wonder, and bringing some silence and imagination in this busy train station.” SPACE is located where Eindhoven Station’s main entrance once was, before it was renovated, and the art installation was designed to add the feeling of more space as it enhances the architecture. Related: INTERVIEW: Designer Daan Roosegaarde on smog temples, space trash, and what’s next The Studio Roosegaarde team opened Earth into one long strip, like you might peel an apple or orange. They digitally edited the NASA images into a composite 3D image. Using new technology, they actually printed lenses to create the illusion of depth. Roosegaarde told Inhabitat, “It sort of relates to your old bank card: when you would rotate it you would see different images, the sort of hologram-type of feeling. Well, we went back to the lab, and really started enhancing that, so you have 20 lenses per inch, and each lens has 45 images.” Controlled LED lights brighten the artwork, providing contrast between places like North Korea and South Korea, or around the Nile River in Egypt. “UNESCO is actually working on the idea that a dark sky is a right, like an experience that everyone must be able to see the stars at night. They’re working on that to make that sort of like a world heritage,” Roosegaarde told Inhabitat. “And that is fascinating, because we work a lot with light, but we also appreciate darkness, and only using light when it’s needed. Why do we have streetlights burning the whole night when nobody’s there? That’s really stupid. Can we not make that smarter, more interactive, more personal?” The images in SPACE come from outer space, but Roosegaarde was also inspired by the idea of “space in your head.” He told Inhabitat, “You look at it, and you wonder. I think there’s not a lack of money in this world, or of technology; there’s a lack of imagination. It’s space in your brain: space to think, space to imagine. That’s what makes us human. That’s our true capital.” Eindhoven – which is the city of light – commissioned the artwork along with ProRail and National Dutch Railways for the train station’s restored passenger tunnel, which was designed by Luc Veeger of Arcadis . SPACE will be highlighted during Dutch Design Week , which will take place from October 21 through October 29. + Studio Roosegaarde Images courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde

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Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Project kicks off 5-city tour of China

September 29, 2016 by  
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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower is now open to the public in Beijing, the first of five Chinese cities on the Smog Free Project China tour. The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection is backing the project, which launches today in the city center. Roosegaarde says the tour promotes the “dream of clean air and the beginning of a journey towards smarter cities.” The artist behind the pollution-busting vacuum tower is on a mission to raise awareness of China’s dirty skies, while giving visitors a little memento to help remind them once the Smog Free Project leaves their city. Jewelry made from collected smog particles—including rings and cufflinks—will serve as lasting reminders of the educational installation. Related: Daan Roosegaarde’s smog-sucking tower will clean the skies of China The Smog Free Project began in Rotterdam in 2013, when Roosegaarde and his team first constructed a prototype of the Smog Free Tower. After a successful pilot program there, the tower is kicking off a global tour, beginning with one of the most polluted countries on Earth. The 23-foot tower sucks up polluted air and filters out smog particles before releasing clean air back into the environment. While operating, the Smog Free Tower creates a small fresh air zone, allowing city dwellers to experience—perhaps for the first time—the difference between the urban air quality they live with daily and fresh, smog-free air. Although the Chinese government has been slow to respond to the growing air pollution problem in its urban centers, officials on deck for the Smog Free Project kickoff touted it as a step in the right direction. “This project is key in our agenda to promote clean air as a “green lifestyle” among Chinese citizens,” said Liu Guozheng, Secretary-General of The China Forum of Environmental Journalists. “Our goal is to guide the public to a healthier lifestyle, low carbon development and to raise awareness amongst the public and reduce smog.” + Studio Roosegaarde Images via Derrick Wang and Studio Roosegaarde

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Dan Roosegaarde’s smog-sucking tower is taking to the road in China

June 30, 2016 by  
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It’s difficult to determine whether Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde hates smog, or loves it. The artist garnered global attention last year by creating jewelry from smog harvested in Beijing, one of the world’s most polluted cities. He’s also the inventor of a smog-sucking electric tower that was designed to clean up China’s pollution-riddled skies, and now he’s partnered with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection to launch Smog Free Project China, which will take Roosegaarde and a team of air pollution experts on a tour of China, exhibiting Smog Free Tower and Smog Free Jewelry. Smog Free Project China is a Kickstarter-funded exhibition intended to raise awareness about air pollution , as well as offer solutions. After its successful run in Rotterdam, Roosegaarde’s project takes to Beijing, where the Smog Free Tower will be a focus, as it literally sucks pollution from the atmosphere. The tower creates a pocket of clean air in a polluted environment, inviting visitors to experience clean air—a rare occurrence in a city where air quality is a leading public health issue . Related: World’s largest smog-sucking vacuum cleaner could rid cities of pollution To give people something to remember after their clean air experience, Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Jewelry provides a tangible souvenir project. Particles collected by the Smog Free Tower are compressed, and made into rings and cufflinks, a lasting reminder of the very real problem of air pollution. Smog Free Project China launched June 28 in Beijing and will eventually travel to five Chinese cities before returning to Beijing in the fall. Roosegaarde feels the project will inspire people to address the air pollution problem. “I believe we should do more, not less, and make modern cities liveable again,” he said. “Smog Free Project is the beginning of a journey to create solutions together towards smarter and brighter cities.” + Dan Roosegaarde Images via Dan Roosegaarde

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Windlicht by Roosegaarde reveals the true beauty of green energy

March 16, 2016 by  
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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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A brilliant rainbow lights up Amsterdam Central Station

December 15, 2014 by  
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Artist Daan Roosegaarde Creates Jewelry Out of Beijing Smog

May 30, 2014 by  
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Last October  we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, who developed a vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air . Now the designer is turning that vacuumed smog into rings of soot that you can wear right on your fingers. Each ring comes with either a fake diamond made from soot or a stone with a cube of soot in the center, which, besides being beautiful Roosegaarde hopes will help bring awareness to air pollution. Read the rest of Artist Daan Roosegaarde Creates Jewelry Out of Beijing Smog Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution solutions , air pollution vacuum , beijing air quality , Beijing air quality issues , Beijing pollution , Beijing smog , Beijing smog vacuum , Climate Change , climate change art , Daan Roosegaarde , Daan Roosegaarde art , Daan Roosegaarde Beijing pollution , Daan Roosegaarde beijing smog , Daan Roosegaarde pollution ring , Daan Roosegaarde smog project , Daan Roosegaarde smog ring , global warming , pollution vacuum , smog vacuum

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Roosegaarde’s Crystal LED Lights Can be Rearranged like ‘LEGOs from Mars’

October 21, 2013 by  
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Over 300 Elephants Killed After Poachers Dump Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes

October 21, 2013 by  
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A few weeks ago Inhabitat reported that three men were arrested in Zimbabwe for pouring cyanide into a watering hole and killing 81 elephants . Now, the death toll has risen to include over 300 elephants, in addition to a variety of other wildlife. Representatives from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force discovered the additional deaths and claim that they were not revealed sooner because of a cover-up within the country to protect poachers. Read the rest of Over 300 Elephants Killed After Poachers Dump Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal poaching , Elephant Poaching , elephant poaching zimbabwe , elephants killed , elephants poisoned , hyenas poisoned , ivory poaching , ivory poaching Zimbabwe , Johhny Rodrigues , lions poisoned , painted dogs poisoned , poachers in Africa , vultures poisoned , Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force , Zimbabwe government , Zimbabwe park , Zimbabwe wildlife park        

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