Archipelago of Ocno opens in Mantova, Italy

On the 11th of September the opening of the Archipelago of Ocno took place in Mantova, the Italian Culture Capital 2016. This impressive floating structure was designed by Joseph Grima in an attempt to reactivate the relationship between the ancient city and its lakes which in the past have been perceived as a barrier to the Lombard city.

The structure consists of seven floating platforms that are in tangent with each other, and have various diameters ranging from 4 to 20 meters. The archipelago was built by using recyclable materials, and done so with the help of local prisoners. These floating stages, which are currently accessible by boat, will be the location of music events, theater performances and other cultural events. The opening performance was given by the Mantova Chamber Orchestra.

Due to the modular design, the structure can be expanded in the future, creating more space for activities and events in the city’s lake. Visitors will be able to sail over to the floating islands, hang out and observe their city from the waters perspective.

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The Blue Revolution featured in TōTen

Independent international online newspaper TōTen is helping us to spread the word on our Blue Revolution. Journalist Tenley Elliot interviewed Blue21 co-founder Karina Czapiewska on water-based development and the realization of floating cities with positive impact on the environment.

“As land for urban development along with land for farming is getting harder to come by, what other opportunities are there for growth? And is it possible to develop in a sustainable, even positive way?” According to Blue21 the answer is yes! Read the full article here to find out how.

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