Floating development in the North Sea?

The co-founder of the innovative companies, Blue21, DeltaSync and Indymo, Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther, gave a presentation about Blue Revolution in the annual symposium organised by Het Waterbouwdispuut at his alma mater, Delft University of Technology, on May 24th. The theme of the symposium for this year is “North Sea Power.” Guest speakers gave presentations in terms of challenges and possibilities of building in the North Sea, including offshore energy, ecological restoration and floating cities. Rutger introduced how floating development could be viewed as a transition management strategy to tackle energy, food and space demands. He gave examples that can help close nutrients cycles in coastal cities such as algae-based floating development, and stressed how illustrated knowledge exchange and cooperation from different fields can result in an integrated solution for large-scale global problems such as climate change and urbanisation. For more information about the event, see: http://www.waterbouwdispuut.nl/past-events/symposium-2018-north-sea-power/

(Photo credit: Het Waterbouwdispuut from TU Delft)

Blue21 hosts workshop at Symposium “Which Future?! Rethinking State” in Berlin

Sunday 22 April Blue21 will host a workshop on floating cities as part of the Two Day Symposium “Which Future?! Rethinking State” organized by the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. During the symposium questions will be explored such as: Do we want full employment or full automation? Do we need an unconditional basic income? Do we want the state to be more or less involved in our lives?

During this two-day event, members of the public will be able to participate in workshops to develop scenarios for a future state and ways of working. Rutger de Graaf, co-founder of Blue21 will explore in a workshop how floating cities can be an experimentation environment for new technologies and new types of government. Another workshop will be hosted by our partner Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute. For more information check: http://humboldtforum.com/en/events/which-future-rethinking-state-1

The Floating Island Project: Building Beyond Sustainability

Nathalie Mezza-Garcia from Blue Frontiers has joined our team during two and a half weeks and wrote an amazing article about her experiences!

Moreover, she perfectly addresses how we, at Blue21, are developing a design strategy for seasteads to help restore the marine environment underneath the platforms, going beyond sustainability. Or as our Bart Roeffen (lead architect of the Floating Island Project) states:

“We need to go from sustainability to restoration because sustainability is not sustainable.”

Please read Nathalie’s full article here!

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