Beijing,China – The Smog Free Project by Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and a team of designers and experts debuted at Beijing Design Week as the largest air purifier in the world. The project consists in a 7 meters-high tower able to clean 30.000m3 per hour via patented ozone-free ion technology.
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“The Smog Free Project is about the dream of clean air and the beginning of a journey towards smarter cities”. Says Daan Roosegarde to ArchiPanic. The tower captures and collects more than 75% of the PM2.5 and PM10 airborne smog particles. Making use of a small amount of green electricity, it releases clean air with a 360-degree coverage.
Supported by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, the installation was presented during Beijing Design Week at 751 D.Park and will be touring the globe in the next months.
“The Project was inspired by numerous travels in China and particularly by a visit to Beijing in 2013 when I couldn’t look up out of the hotel room and children were kept indoors due to the severity of the smog”.
More than 80% of people in urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization limits. The project serves also as an inspiration for citizens, governments, NGOs, pro-bicycle campaigns and the clean-tech industry to become part of the solution, working together to make cities smog free.
The Smog Free Project is a part of Roosegaarde’s larger oeuvre Landscapes of the Future which connects people, technology and space to improve the quality of daily life in urban environments.
Along with the tower, Daan Roosegarde designed also a Smog Free Jewellery collection comprising rings and cufflinks made from compressed smog particles collected from the Smog Free Tower. “By sharing a Smog Free Ring, you donate 1000m3 of clean air” says Daan Roosegarde.
“We warmly welcome Smog Free Project to Beijing. This project is key in our agenda to promote clean air as a “green lifestyle” among Chinese citizens”. Says Liu Guozheng, Secretary-General of The China Forum of Environmental Journalists.
Photos by Derrick Wang, Lard Buurman, Chas Pope and Reuters – Courtesy of Studio Daan Roosegarde.