Daan is a thinker, dreamer & maker who does not believe in ‘not possible’. Along with his team of designers & engineers at Studio Roosegaarde he works towards a better future. Together they develop ‘landscapes of the future’ . Social designs that merge technology & art in urban environments, city prototypes or artworks that explore the relation between people, technology & city space.

Driven by nature's gifts, Daan’s fascination for nature & technology is reflected in iconic designs such as Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night), Waterlicht (which shows the force of water) and Smog Free Project in Beijing (the largest outdoor air purifier which makes jewellery from smog). Projects that often employ light and sensing technology in an interactive manner.

We live in a time when there is not a lack of money or technology, but a lack of imagination, and the leadership to activate that imagination.

Daan has won endless innovation, tech & design awards & his work has been exhibited worldwide from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Tate Modern, the Design Museum in London to the Tokyo National Museum.

With his futuristic city prototypes & one-of a kind artworks, Daan illuminates the intersection of technology, humanity & urban environments is his own & very unique way. 

'Cities have become machines that kill people' - The Guardian

Daan Roosegaarde, the green Van Gogh & artist & inventor behind smog-filtering towers and bikes, is on a mission to clean the air in the world’s most polluted cities. 

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The megacities we live in are killing us. Here's how design can help - Fortune

The world is the throes of a vast urban migration. Roughly half the world’s 7.6 billion people live in cities, up from 30 percent in 1950, and population experts predict two thirds of us will do so by 2050. For billions, moving to the city has meant new opportunities. But it also has spawned huge challenges— in environmental quality, energy consumption and public health.

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Daan Roosegaarde - A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs

Daan Roosegaarde uses technology and creative thinking to produce imaginative, earth-friendly designs. He presents his latest projects - from the sidewalks of Amsterdam, where he reinterpreted "The Starry Night" to get people thinking about green energy, to Beijing, where he developed a smog vacuum cleaner to purify the air in local parks...