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!
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.
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Die Welt wrote the article ‘Neue Heimat Wasser’ on how The Netherlands is threatened by climate change, since large areas will become submerged when sea levels rise. A very interesting read (in German) on how researchers and entrepreneurs are working on solutions, including interviews with Blue21, the city of Rotterdam, Aquadock and DuraVermeer.
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.