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

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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, to a dance floor that generates electricity to power a DJ booth. Check out Roosegaarde's vision for a future where creativity is our true capital.

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32 Comments on A smog vacuum cleaner and other magical city designs | Daan Roosegaarde

  1. Why haven’t I heard of this guy before?

  2. yeah that’s beautiful, but how do you make those towers work? i hope through sunlight energy

    • The1stMachinist // 20th September 2017 at 8:10 am // Reply

      p ivan I don’t think that would work that well. The smog would block most of the solar panels.

    • i’m just wondering

    • Deep Doubts bout U // 21st September 2017 at 1:19 pm // Reply

      Going to have to manufacture a shitload of solar panels to suck little bits of dirt out the air … Must require enormous amounts of energy …. Children will need to be attached to cleaned air pipes for benefit ?

    • Deep Doubts bout U // 21st September 2017 at 1:19 pm // Reply

      China uses Coal .. Its China

    • There’s this engineering topic of efficiency about how some green technologies contaminate more when manufactured than what they “unpollute” in their first months or years whereas other non-green technologies can be buffered to become less contaminant… What i’m trying to tell is that in reality it is not more important how the machine is fed rather than the machine being actively cleaning the air

  3. Inspiring

  4. This is an amazing idea and TED talk! I like this guy!

  5. La vida del Bolet // 19th September 2017 at 4:40 pm // Reply

    Why aren t all this things getting into my country?

  6. This is awesome. I have hope for the future

  7. I Like the talk and his ideas!
    About the vacuums: isnt that what trees do? So how effective is the vacuum ind comparrison to trees per area?
    Does anyone posses such information?

    • I think that is not the main function of trees because dust on the leaves will reduce the effective area for photoysnthesis…

    • Yep, I would agree with you.

    • Can we find a way to stop the devastation of the rain forests, the Earth’s lungs?

    • Yes, only have 1 or 2 kids.

    • Michael Koelewijn // 21st September 2017 at 5:01 pm // Reply

      And besides, I dont think Beijing has that many trees. Or room for it to plant new ones. IDK, never been there though. Maintenance is also a thing with trees. It’s still something that is ‘alive’ and needs water, etc. Trees are very big, the roots, hard to replace. Although the vacuum towers would also have maintenance. Anyways I’m also wondering the same question myself.

  8. best TED talk in a while 🙂

  9. Send it to Atlanta, please!

  10. I love “Yes; but” because that is the easiest type of problem to solve. A typical “Yes; but” has 21 different types of answers and over 2 million combinations of answers. Among those are lots and lots of creative ideas with hidden value. Chapter 16 of my book “Predictive Innovation: Core Skills” explains how to do it. In just 15 minutes you can solve those seemingly unsolvable problems too.

  11. this is really amazing!!! please come to south korea and help us..the government has no solution to the smog

  12. Optimistic, creative, playful. In my opinion clearly one of the better TED-talks, recently.

  13. Deep Doubts bout U // 21st September 2017 at 1:04 pm // Reply

    YES , seems like a nice chap … BUT how much coal powered electricity does it take to pressurise carbon dirt into Diamond ? Id assume much more then it takes to break down the coal into Smog Dirt ? Brilliant as an artistic concept …
    YES ……… But …. I heard recently a report on how the manufacturing of the batteries for electric powered cars create CO2 that make their carbon footprint at manufacture equal to that of a petrol powered car that has already travelled 200 000 km …. ( Don’t know how accurate this story was ) but one could assume solar panel manufacture might have similar issues if true ?
    YES ; BUT don’t get me started on Bio Fuels …… Destroying pristine rain forest to plant bio fuel crops and replacing food crops with bio fuel crops ….
    BUT is something to think about
    …. and wheres my Super Salmon … I’m Hungry you You Primitive Draconian Fools !!!

  14. This guy idea is quite amazing

  15. India needs you and your tech. When are you going there?

  16. Mạnh Đức Vũ // 21st September 2017 at 6:17 pm // Reply

    That is really good

  17. He never answered the question. How much?

  18. Man! I wanna be friends with this guy!

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