Rotterdam – Design agency Studio Roosegaarde is proposing a sanitising streetlight to protect against Covid-19.
Dubbed Urban Sun, the innovation takes inspiration from sunlight and is the result of scientific research into the use of UVC light to effectively sanitise viruses. The concept aims to enhance the safety of meeting others outside during the inter-Covid period – instilling positivity about the future of outdoor gatherings.
According to designer Daan Roosegaarde, Urban Sun could be deployed at public locations like railway stations, schools and plazas for safer social meetings. He says: ‘Suddenly our world is filled with plastic barriers and distance stickers, our family reduced to pixels on a computer screen. Let’s be the architects of our new normal and create better places to meet.’ The first iteration of Urban Sun will be launched alongside the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam.
This design innovation also serves as a call to action for businesses and governments to improve the safety of public environments. We have previously spoken to Daan Roosegaarde to find out why clean air should be a key consideration for brands, but the focus is now shifting to hygiene concerns.