Architects For Future Landscapes Daan Roosegaarde wants to effect change with creative social designs Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch artist, creative thinker...

Architects For Future Landscapes Daan Roosegaarde wants to effect change with creative social designs Daan Roosegaarde is a Dutch artist, creative thinker, and maker of social designs that explore the relations between people, technology, and space.

His innovative creations, such as a bike path illuminated by thousands of solar-powered twinkling stones to mirror Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ and the world’s first smog vacuum cleaner that has the same energy requirements as a water kettle, are his responses to the current urban environment.

The 38-year-old, recently named a creative change maker by Forbes, is also founder of Studio Roosegaarde, a Netherlands-based social design lab that creates landscapes of the future for a better world.

He will be addressing delegates during the closing keynote address at the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress, held in Singapore on July 19, 2018.

His presentation, ‘Landscapes of the Future,’ explores the social role of design, the importance of “Schoonheid” (the Dutch phrase for beauty and cleanliness), and his vision for a better global future.

At the world’s largest and most authoritative knowledge platform for global landscape professionals, Daan will share his most notable projects, including ‘Gates of Light,’ the futuristic new entrance of Afsluitdijk.

This project brought 60 historic monumental floodgates back to their pristine glory, originally designed by Dirk Roosenburg in 1932.

Augmented with a retro-reflective layer, the structures are illuminated by headlamps of passing cars in the dark and eliminating the need for a dedicated power source.

This creative use of light structures requires zero energy and does not contribute to light pollution.

Gates of Light On a larger scale, Daan’s foremost worry concerns the future of his country which has experienced hundreds of floods over the centuries.

‘Waterlight’ serves as his reminder of nature’s power.

The art installation mimics a virtual flood with wavy lines of light made using the latest LED technology, software, and lenses.

Developed first for a partnership with the Dutch District Water Board Rijn & Ijssel, the project raises awareness of rising water levels caused by global warming through its artistic, visually breath-taking rendition of our environment.

It is travelling the world and was recently shown at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Daan’s excitement for his participation at the 55th IFLA World Congress is clear: “I look forward to meeting with like-minded individuals, from Asia and the Pacific as well as different parts of the world; people who are just as keen to effect changes to better the world.

I hope to create collective experiences which connect people and motivate them to reach a common vision – to start acting.

That is what the world needs today.

It is about understanding our challenges, coming up with sustainable and creative designs, and pushing forth with a good business plan.”.

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