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Brief Published: 26 Nov 2010

Pigeon D'Or


Designer Tuur van Balen is devising a new role for the common pigeon.

With his Pigeon D’Or, van Balen - who experiments with interactions between different technologies - proposes feeding the urban pests with specially developed bacteria to modify the birds’ metabolism and turn their droppings into a detergent to be scattered over the city.

Van Balen has also created a contraption that allows the flying cleaners to become part of the house, encouraging the owner to feed, separate and select the birds to facilitate urban disinfection.