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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China’s crazy smog-sucking vacuum tower is actually working

November 23, 2016 by  
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Studio Roosegaarde ‘s smog-sucking vacuum tower is actually cleaning up the air in China . The Smog Free Tower has been installed in Beijing , a city notorious for its air pollution , and the country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection recently announced the air around the tower is in fact 55 percent cleaner than it was before. According to Studio Roosegaarde , the tower has snatched billions of PM2.5 fine particles out of the polluted air. Over the last 41 days, the Smog Free Tower has busily scrubbed 30 million m3 of air, according to Studio Roosegaarde. That’s equal to the volume of 10 Beijing National Stadiums. Studio Roosegaarde reports that locals referred to his tower as a “clean air temple,” drawing comparisons to China’s famed pagodas. Related: Daan Roosegaarde’s smog-sucking tower will clean the skies of China What to do with all that pollution captured by the tower? Make jewelry out of it, of course. Smog particles sucked up by the Smog Free Tower during its stint in Beijing will make 300 special Smog Free Rings, similar to the rings Studio Roosegaarde has designed in the past . However, these rings can hold even more smog than the ones made with Rotterdam pollution. Daan Roosegaarde was especially inspired to tackle air pollution in China after a trip to Beijing around three years ago, when he noticed children had to stay inside because the air quality outdoors was so poor. According to Studio Roosegaarde, over 80 percent of people dwelling in urban places are “exposed to air-quality levels that exceed World Health Organization limits.” Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower aims to combat the issue by sucking 75 percent of PM10 and PM2.5 particles from the air. The Smog Free Tower will continue to tour China, and Studio Roosegaarde will announce soon which city the smog-sucking tower will venture to next. + Studio Roosegaarde Images via Studio Roosegaarde

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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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Windlicht by Roosegaarde reveals the true beauty of green energy

March 16, 2016 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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