Take a trip from Beijing’s International Airport into the centre of town and you’re more than likely to encounter familiar scenes of the capital’s smog problems.
However in years to come, the Chinese capital may surprise visitors with its blue skies and clean air.
Daan Roosegaarde, a Dutch artist and innovator, has invented a giant seven-metre-tall (23 feet) air purifier that is set to be tested this coming September in the city with 21 million residents as reported by Sophie Williams.
By working with the 37-year-old inventor, the Chinese government is hoping that blue skies will once again come to Beijing, which is ten times the size of London and is regularly troubled by air pollution.
The colossal device, named Smog Free Tower, is the largest air purifier in the world, claims Studio Roosegaarde.
It can collect pollutants, process them and then condenses it into cubes measuring around four centimetres (1.6 inches).
The tower, standing about two stories tall, can clean 30,000 cubic metres (1,060,000 square feet) of fine smog per hour and uses no more electricity than a water boiler, according to Roosegaarde.
He teamed up with experts and designers from his studios to make the machine over a period of two years.
The designer from Rotterdam told MailOnline that he got the idea from a trip to Beijing in 2014.
‘Two and a half years ago I was in Beijing on a Saturday looking out at the city from the 32nd floor.
‘I could see the cars and other buildings but by the Tuesday or Wednesday, the view was completely covered with smog. It was so striking and so sad.’
Now Roosegaarde is working with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection after being invited by them to bring the Smog Free Project to China. to read more click here.
The 9th International Urban Design Conference; Smart Cities for 21st Century Australia – How urban design innovation can change our cities will be held at Hyatt Canberra from 7th-8th November 2016 with optional tours available on Wednesday 9th November.
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This years’ theme, will focus on an understanding of what makes a city ‘smart’ from a urban design perspective and how the built environment develops during the city planning process.
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