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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World’s largest smog-sucking vacuum cleaner could rid cities of pollution

January 16, 2016 by  
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Smog-containing jewelry supports the world’s largest air purifier

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The world’s largest electronic vacuum cleaner in Rotterdam will suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

July 30, 2015 by  
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Can we completely rid our skies of pollution once and for all? That is the mission behind the Dutch social design lab, Studio Roosegaarde , which recently launched a Kickstarter campaign that is quickly gaining momentum. The team, led by Netherlands-based innovator Daan Roosegaarde, is creating a Smog Free Tower that will stand 23 feet above the city of Rotterdam and power the largest electronic smog-sucking vacuum in the world. Then it will transform the harvested carbon into beautiful rings and cufflinks. The tower is expected to rise as soon as September. And if that goes well, the studio hopes to build many more smog vacuums across the globe. Read the rest of The world’s largest electronic vacuum cleaner in Rotterdam will suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

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