Daan Roosegaarde Aims To Rid Cities Of Pollution With Smog Free Tower

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund what he describes as the greatest air-purifier in the globe (+ film).

The designer’s aim is to generate pockets of clean air in cities that suffer from hazardous amounts of pollution, in the hope that this will lead to entire urban regions turning out to be smog free of charge.

Smog Free Project Live by Studio Roosegaarde Smog-free of charge park

Creating on his pollution-eating vacuum cleaner, Roosegaarde has made a tower that sucks in polluted air and emits it back out into the instant surroundings as clean air.

The Smog Free of charge Tower has been underneath development for three many years. It employs the identical method that is utilized to purify the air in hospitals, but on a significantly greater scale.

Smog Free Project Live by Studio Roosegaarde Scale model of the Smog Totally free Tower

“The Smog Free tower allows people to breathe and knowledge what clean air in a city truly means,” explained Roosegaarde.


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“In some cities, this pollution is noticeable. In other people, air pollutants and smog may be invisible, but the influence on our daily lives and overall health is quite real.”

Smog Free Project Live by Studio Roosegaarde Smog particles compressed and suspended inside resin cubes

A scale model demonstrates that the tower will measure around 4 times the height of a man or woman.

The smog is sucked in through its leading, then the purified region is released by way of vents on the four sides.

Smog Free Project Live by Studio Roosegaarde Smog ring

“We feel that the Smog Totally free Tower supplies a exclusive opportunity to get people to comprehend the concern of air pollution through direct expertise,” explained the designer.

“The bubble of clean air that the Smog Cost-free Tower generates will be a location that brings men and women with each other to operate and consider about how we can totally free our cities of smog.”

Smog Free Project Live by Studio Roosegaarde Smog cufflink

The crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fund a pilot project in Rotterdam, with the aim for it to then travel to cities such as Beijing, Paris, Los Angeles and Mexico City.


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The Kickstarter campaign has raised over €38,000 (£27,000)  towards its €50,000 (£35,000) target at the time of publishing, with forty days left.

As a reward for backers, Roosegaarde has designed rings and cufflinks set with cubes of “smog particles” collected by the tower, which are contained inside of more substantial cubes of resin.

Smog Free Project Live by Studio Roosegaarde Smog particles collected in Beijing

The small cubes contain the sum of pollution dredged from one,000 cubic metres of air. The designer claims that the tower will be able to harvest sufficient pollution to create 3,500 Smog Cost-free Cubes every day.

Roosegaarde very first unveiled his “electronic vacuum cleaner” notion to remove smog from skies in 2013.

Smog-Free-Project-Live-by-Studio-Roosegaarde_dezeen_1Idea diagram

“A single day I woke up and became fascinated with pollution,” explained the designer in a video for the Kickstarter campaign. “It really is genuinely weird that we accept it as something regular.”

His much more recent projects incorporate illuminating a Dutch road surface making use of solar electrical power and producing a glowing cycle path.

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