Glowing trees to replace street lights?

Glowing trees to replace street lights?

Daan Roosegaarde believes so...

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A Dutch designer is experimenting ways of using jellyfish and mushrooms – which both contain bio-luminescent qualities – to create glow-in-the-dark trees that could potentially substitute street lights

"In the last year I really became fond of biomimicry," Daan Roosegaarde explained in a film created at SXSW in Austin. "What can we learn from nature and apply to the built environment, to roads, to public spaces, to our urban landscape?" asks the Dutch designer.

Biomimicry is the method of copying models and systems in nature in order to understand complex issues in design. Roosegaarde was particularly interested in how jellyfish and fireflies have the ability to generate their own glow.

Roosegaarde's fascination in biomimicry encouraged him to team up with the State University of New York, as well as Alexander Krichevsky - whose firm Bioglow introduced glow-in-the-dark plants previously this year.

Roosegaarde is currently developing a proposal to use a range of these plants to create an installation fashioned in the form of a light-emitting tree.

Due to the strict regulations in the EU surrounding the use of genetically modified plants, Roosegaarde was unable to work with the materials in the Netherlands, and instead travelled to America.

Watch Daan Roosegaarde talk about the concept below now: