Dutch Water Sector calls for a Blue Revolution!

Great news: the Dutch Water Sector in the Netherlands is convinced as well that it’s time for a Blue Revolution to meet the challenges the world is facing today. Their blog is an open call to the Netherlands to take the lead in this.

The Dutch Water Sector is one of the nine Top Sectors in the Netherlands, a unique form of collaboration designed to promote innovation, to attract talent and to ensure a solid position for the sectors in the international context.

The blog of the Dutch Water Sector is based on our vision on the future of cities and mentions figures about the research we’ve done, like the fact that we only need 1% of the oceans to stay within a 2°C temperature rise. It also refers to our seven reasons why our future is on the water.

Ten years ago we started doing research on floating cities. Four years ago we presented our vision on a blue revolution. Today the Dutch Water Sector is adopting it. Thank you, let’s build a better future!


Is our future at sea?

Journalist Sanne Bloemink explores this question in De Groene Amsterdammer. Her article gives an inspiring overview of the blue revolution and seasteading, with grass roots both in the Netherlands and Silicon Valley.

She interviewed Joe Quirk – an American writer of best sellers, board member at the Seasteading Institute and self announced seavangelist – and Karina Czapiewska, floating city developer and one of the founders of DeltaSync and Blue21.

Read the full article here

Nice to know: the article was a staff pick by Blendle when it was published in February this year…

Reserve a seat @BlueAcademy today 11AM on flood protection in NYC

After hurricane Sandy – the second-costliest hurricane in United States history – hit New York City in 2012, what does the city do to become resilient? Roni Meryl Deitz, Project Engineer Integrated Planning and Coastal Resiliency at Arcadis will present several solutions New York City is working on right now.

11:00 – 11:30  Welcome words and short introduction about Blue21 and Indymo by Barbara Dal Bo Zanon & Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther

11:30 – 12:00  Multi-purpose flood protection solutions in New York City by Roni Meryl Deitz 

12:00 – 13:00  Discussion & free lunch

Reserve a seat! (limited places available)


Source image: www.inhabitat.com
Photo from: “The weather of the Future” by Heidi Cullen

Tech Insider: “Floating cities could be a reality by 2020”

Tech Insider wrote this article recently, just perfect if you want to know about the basic concept of floating cities and about the goals of the Seasteading Institute, co-founded by Peter Thiel. “We thought that was a reasonable goal for us when we launched our project [in 2012],” Randolph Hencken, executive director of the institute, told Tech Insider. “It’s still audacious. I walk a line between optimistic and skeptical.”

We are convinced 2020 is realistic, what do you think?

Read full article: Floating cities could be a reality by 2020

Source image: Youtube/Seasteading

Kelvin Ko presents research in Hong Kong

Kelvin Ko, the DeltaSync intern who just completed his Civil Engineering Masters thesis at TU Delft, was invited to present his research this month at the Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos conference in Hong Kong. His research shows that it is technically feasible to create small floating cities and even floating high-rise buildings of 15 floors at sea, even under hurricane conditions.

Kelvin Ko: “I was a bit nervous at first, because I thought my presentation would be too technical and detailed compared to the other presenters. But I could tell everyone was positively surprised with my presentation because most people had little knowledge about such a concept as a floating city. People reacted very enthusiastically and asked a lot of questions about floating development in general, like what it could mean on a political or economic level. I enjoyed it a lot and think my research increases the attractiveness of floating urban development for cities such as New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Read Kelvin Ko’s research

Source image: www.islandcities.org

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