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.

Source image: Artribune.com

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.

Cartoonist draws Floating Pavilion

Cartoonist and politician Wietske Jonker-ter Veld recently made these beautiful watercolors of the Floating Pavilion and the floating forest in the Rijnhaven.

She was visiting Rotterdam with a grandchild from her village to show her the city and was positively surprised by this sight. Jonker-ter Veld is passionate about water and nature since she was a little child and has ever since been very active in politics and environmental issues.

Thank you Wietske for offering us a new perspective!

About Wietske Jonker-Ter Veld (interview in Dutch)

 

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Copenhagen will build three floating classrooms

The capital of Denmark will soon get a new multi-purpose waterfront development. The Scandinavian architecture firm, C. F. Møller Landscape, won the “Nordhavn Islands” international competition to design part of the waterfront in the Nordhavn district, a harbor area in Copenhagen.

It will be “an innovative learning, activity and water landscape” adjacent to a planned international school which C. F. Møller is also designing. Three floating classrooms would give students opportunities to learn outside, even fish and kayak. The design blends a range of concepts – the urban park, the educational classroom, and the recreational community center – right on the waterfront.

Source: www.archpaper.com

Courtesy images: C. F. Møller

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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.

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First floating hotel in Paris

On June 23rd Paris opened it’s first floating hotel located on the river Seine, near the Pont Charles de Gaulle. Above you can see how the €11 million floating hotel – constructed in Normandy – is being towed down the river from Rouen to it’s current location.

The hotel is realised by Citysurfing, their website offers an interesting overview of the history of the project. If you want to know how what the hotel looks like today, check out this photo gallery.

If you’re heading up there, we would love to see pictures on how the light reflects the water during the day. And of course get to know more on how sustainable the design is. Merci!

Source image: @OffParisSeine

4th International Symposium on Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

On October 25th and 26th, the 4th International OTEC Symposium will be held in the Netherlands, hosted by Delft University of Technology and by the Offshore Energy Exhibition 2016.

The symposium gathers the world’s expertise on offshore technologies and attracts worldwide experts from public, private and academia on OTEC development and implementation.The program will be announced soon. Its focus will be on the commercial development of the energy, to bridge the gap between possibility and reality.

Get Early Bird Tickets*

*Attendance to the symposium includes free entrance to the Offshore Energy Exhibition 2016 (with over 11,865 visitors in 2015).

Ocean thermal energy conversion
Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is a one of the few continuously available sources of renewable energy and holds enormous promise for coastal regions and islands. The core idea of OTEC is to leverage the temperature difference between deep and shallow seawater to produce electricity. It provides not only energy but also desalinized water for human and agricultural consumption, thus solving two of the most important problems of maritime habitats.

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