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

 

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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One World Water wondered: who will live on floating cities?

According to the Dutch water pioneers Frits Schoute and Rutger de Graaf floating cities will be a reality within twenty years. One World Water interviewed both of them and wondered: who will be the first men and women living at sea?

Rutger de Graaf: “According to a survey two third of the people in the Netherlands are open to the idea of living on the water. The intention is specifically that it won’t only attract the rich. Maybe this will happen in the beginning, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Mobile phones were also used by a small group of early adapters. Because of that, phones could be further developed so the price dropped. The idea of a floating city is that it will offer different types of housing: social housing, apartments and detached housing.”

“Also, a water plot is slightly cheaper than a land plot, and though the construction is a bit more expensive, in the end living on water it will cost about the same as on land.”

Read full article (in Dutch)

Source image: www.krnwtr.nl

 

Seasteading and Society: the Millennial March Back to the Sea

In our daily work we encounter different visions on why floating cities should be or not be our next frontier. Based on the vision and mission of The Seasteading Institute, Andrew Morgan – a Media Studies Major student – also truly believes living and working at sea is the future: “An untapped venture, where we will eventually be headed. I also believe that millennials will be the ones who help make this a reality and kick it into high gear.”

Read the blog via Medium

Image: Storm Makes Sense of Shelter, submitted by Simon Nummy (Atkins) at the Architectural Design Contest held by The Seasteading Institute and Deltasync

 

 

Live stream on UN Sustainable Development Goals & Floating Cities

Do you want to catch up on the UN sustainable development goals, sustainable floating communities and impact investing? You can. Our BlueAcademy on these topics was live streamed, with investment experts and water pioneers from all over the world.

We were especially honoured to host our guest from the Bay Area, Ari Eisenstat. He is the founder of Draemventures, an impact investor and an International Chamber of Commerce representative for the United Nations.

Check out the two live streams Ari Eisenstat posted via Facebook (and do yourself a favour and strike the Power Pose, instructions in the second live stream!).

Live stream floating cities & impact investing
(by Rutger de Graaf & Alexander van der Touw)

Live stream UN Sustainable Development Goals & Draemventures
(by Ari Eisenstat)

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BlueAcademy on water, impact & start ups

Today we will host a last minute BlueAcademy on water pioneering, impact producing, social entrepreneurship and start ups, together with our guest Ari Eisenstat. Ari is the founder of Draemventures and an International Chamber of Commerce representative for the United Nations.

Program

15:00-15:15 Rutger de Graaf on Blue21

15:15-15:30 Alexander van der Touw on YES!Delft

15:30-16:30 Talk Ari Eisenstat and Q&A

16:30 Drinks!

 

Are you a socially, technically or environmentally conscious start up?

Feel free to join! Reserve a seat

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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