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 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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See Inside One World Trade Center as It Prepares for Its 2014 Opening

January 23, 2014 by  
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It’s been a long and arduous road, but the construction of One World Trade Center is finally headed for the home stretch . The tower is scheduled to open some time in 2014, but CNNMoney recently got a peek inside . Read on to see some snaps from their tour and let us know what you think about the building’s interior design in the comments below. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 1 wtc , 1 wtc interior , Architecture , conde nast , freedom tower , Freedom Tower Sneak Peek , green interiors , Inside the Freedom tower , Jordan Barowitz , marble , New York. , observation deck , one world trade center , One World Trade Center Sneak Peek , skyscrapers , The Durst Organization , theaters , world trade center , World Trade Center Complex        

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France Puts On Concerts to Encourage Recycling, Charges Old Electronics As Entry Fee

May 6, 2011 by  
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Photo: Matthew Simoneau under a Creative Commons license .

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London Subway System is a Design and Transport Marvel

October 18, 2010 by  
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Photos: B. Alter: Farringdon Station A good public transit system is one of the best ways to get cars off roads and people into buses and trains. London’s system; called the London Underground, or “the Tube” has been rolling along and expanding since 1863.

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Clean Tech Finland: Funding & Support (pt. 1)

December 5, 2009 by  
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Quick: name five Finnish clean tech start-ups. You may have trouble with that one… in fact, you may have trouble naming any Finnish companies beyond Nokia . That doesn’t mean that such companies don’t exist; rather, as I heard from a number of business people and entrepreneurs this past week during the Finnfacts Clean Technology Blogger Tour, modesty is a big part of the Finnish national character (as much as such things exist, anyway)

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