Daan Roosegaarde/NL

 The language of light

Presentation date: 26. October
Presentation time: 10:15

Light might be artificial or natural, but light is more than decoration or functionality. It can contain information, it can affect your frame of mind, it can convey a story.

As a designer, Daan Roosegaarde feels obligated to use light in an efficient and thoughtful manner, especially with regard to urgent issues such as light pollution and high energy consumption.

The speaker will take the audience on a journey through childhood memories, experiences and the trail of thoughts that have led him to create truly remarkable light art installations. Daan sees light as one of the most powerful languages for sharing visions, where light is an activator.

Introduced by

Daan Roosegaarde/NL, Studio Roosegaarde

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde has been driven by nature’s gifts such as light-emitting fireflies and jellyfish since an early age. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs such as Smart Highway (roads charged by sunlight that glow at night), Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the world which makes jewellery from smog).

Roosegaarde graduated from The Berlage Institute with a Master in Architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Together they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’, building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. Roosegaarde is acknowledged as a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum and was named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands.

Roosegaarde has been awarded the London Design Innovation Medal, the INDEX Design Award, the World Technology Award, two Dutch Design Awards, the Charlotte Köhler Award, and China’s Most Successful Design Award. He has exhibited at the Design Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and in various public spaces in Europe and Asia. Selected by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative changemaker, Daan Roosegaarde shares his visionary ideas across the world at conferences such as TED and Design Indaba.