“Dubai is also very ambitious… if any kind of country would embrace that, that kind of crazy, radical yet very intriguing, meaningful new humanity project, it would be here! ”

~Daan Roosegaarde

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space and best known for creating landscapes of the future. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future.

Daan is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and featured by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker. Roosegaarde was also 2018’s keynote speaker at Dubai Design Week.

In this episode, he discusses his innovative practice which merges people, technology and space to create a better world. He is the creator of smart highways, virtual floods and smog sucking towers. He examines and activates solutions to improve daily life in urban environments.

Listen to learn more about his innovative works and his grand ambitions for a project for the Dubai Expo 2020.

Enjoy the show!

Posted on December 30, 2018

Show Notes:

  • 01:00 – Debut of Studio Roosegaarde’s Waterlicht at Jameel Arts Centre

  • 01:15 – On being defined by his future rather than his past

  • 03:15 – Schoonheid and how it applies to the Studio Roosegaarde mission

  • 04:45 – Taking the ideas in his head and bringing together experts to bring the vision to life

  • 05:15 – “The idea guides you”

  • 06:00 – The first project of Studio Roosegaarde

  • 07:00 – “Light is communication, light is a language”

  • 07:45 – Initiating Studio Roosegaarde’s own projects without any backers initially

  • 08:45 – His grand ambitions for Dubai 2020 and space waste

  • 09:30 – Being inspired by Beijing smog

  • 11:00 – Donating clean air through jewellery

  • 13:00 – The important fact that Waterlicht is for everyone

  • 14:00 – Defining what is a smart city?

  • 14:30 – Reflecting on the ‘Gates of Light’

  • 15:00 – Reflecting on other innovative Studio Roosegaarde projects

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