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.

Could you live 100% sustainably off the water?

If so, then a Major Television Production Company is looking for you!

Do you have the skill sets and knowledge of what it would take to live 100% sustainably off the water? Are you interested in actually trying to do so for an extended period of time? If so, we want to hear from you!

A Major Television Production Company is searching for people who want to live 100% off of the ocean. They want to find people who are PASSIONATE about developing new ways for mankind to sustainably live off of the ocean long term.

For more information about the project and to speak with the casting producer, please email [email protected] with your contact information, a photo and a brief description of yourself.


Image: spatial concept Markerwadden by Blue21

Floating cities: what’s next?

The first floating city in the world won’t be built in a day. What should be the next step to get there? That’s what we asked ourselves during a strategy brainstorm* at De Ceuvel**, a workspace for social enterprises and sustainable urban development.

The answer? Surprisingly we all agreed on the same thing: we believe the next step to a floating city should be to build a small floating hub where people can see and experience the blue revolution. The size of the floating hub could start at four m2 including a tiny home or workspace plus a small floating farm next to it to grow food and algae.

Since we cannot do this alone, we want to realize this next step together with our expert network, and possibly with you? Right now we are working on a business plan for this idea which could include a crowd funding campaign, so we’ll definitely keep you posted.

* With special thanks to Vicky Lin, a delta technology enthusiast from Taiwan, and Corey Ching, a software engineer from the San Fransisco Bay Area. We are really proud to have you on the team!

** Listen to the playlist of that day to get a feel of De Ceuvel, highly recommended.

De Ceuvel I

De Ceuvel II


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