Blue Revolution Brainstorm #1!

What does the blue revolution mean to you? And what could you do to accelerate it? We talk about these questions on a daily basis, but last week we invited our expert network of water pioneers to brainstorm together with us – in real life.

Together we came up with multiple ideas – varying from rethinking our own eco-system to building a proof of concept in the Netherlands. Also, several challenges were identified, like current legislation, being the first to take the risk and people’s perception towards floating and towards change.

Opportunities predominated the brainstorm though. Like how floating development can offer low costs solutions for the urban poor and stimulate the local economy of land-based cities. For example by creating short stay floating co-work spaces, eco tourism facilities and inspiring icons to celebrate the history of crazy-Dutch-water-engineering.

So what’s next? We all can’t wait to work out a business case on a floating development project we can work on together – with as much (international) water pioneers as possible. This will be the subject of our next brainstorm so we will keep you posted.

In the meantime, if you have a great idea to accelerate the blue revolution, feel free to leave us a message. Or get inspired first by this video-message by Joe Quirk, Communications Director at Seasteading and aquapreneur at heart, who thinks we should build a floating Venice of the Dutch…(!)

Groepsfoto Blue Revolution Brainstorm




Present @Adaptation Futures

This week (10-13 May) Rotterdam hosts the 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference , the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA).

Tomorrow our architect Barbara Dal Bo Zanon will present her research on the design of floating developments based on ecology and living systems principles:

Designing a climate resilient future
Theme 1. Cities and infrastructure
May 12th, 08.45 – 10.30
Goudriaan Room
See full programme (page 199)

You can still register on site (payment: cash or credit card). Find out more at

Registered? You can also pay a visit to our Indymo-drone expert Rui Pedroso de Lima at the VP Delta stand!

This floating villa is real

‘Dubai’s crazy awesome floating villas now exist in real life’. That was the heading on Huffington Post this month. At first they were a little bit skeptical, because ‘the rendered photos looked too good to be true’. So were we, but it is. Here’s a video of the construction of the floating Seahorse. You can find more pictures and video’s here.

We think this is a very interesting example of floating development, because it provides a habitat both for humans as well as for life below the water surface. We’re really curious to see how the artificial coral reef will evolve and how nature beneath and above the water surface will respond to the villa. So we would advice to have this monitored and researched to further improve floating development with a positive impact on our planet.

Floating Seahorse II

Credits photos: Kleindienst

Quote wondered: what happened since 2011?

Quote – a Dutch magazine on business and lifestyle – wondered what happened to the entrepreneurs who pitched their business five years ago. Amongst them was our architect Bart Roeffen who pitched for DeltaSync

Bart: “We raised the money we needed to do research, but our pitch was actually very naive. We asked to invest in a concept, but investors want to invest in a product. Or in our case, in a real estate project on a specific location. Our company DeltaSync is doing really well though. We raised funds and work for several cities in the Netherlands and abroad.”

The timing of the pitch five years ago had to do with the Floating Pavilion in the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam, realized by DeltaSync. Bart: “That was a great succes because that was at the time when people were getting more aware of climate change. We wanted to take advantage of this momentum. We noticed quite quickly though that there were a lot of obstacles due to Dutch laws and regulations. Thats why we focused on other countries as well, where there are huge possibilities.”

“Overall, I’m still convinced that we have to look at the possibilities on the water, because we are devastating the earth right now. And with that I don’t mean land reclamation like in Dubai, which is irresponsible from a ecological point of view.”

Bart concludes with an interesting fact for potential investors: “Right now building on the water is 10% to 20% more expensive, but this is largely compensated by the price of water plots, which is lower than the price of land.”

Foto Bart Quote II

Credits text & photo Quote-article: Sander Schimmelpenninck & Aafke Holwerda

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!


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