Rotterdam presents Resilience Strategy

On May 19, 2016, the city of Rotterdam released its Resilience Strategy. A resilient city is a city that is able to recover quickly from an incident, crisis or setback, and to come out stronger. The Strategy is outlining its plan to use initiatives including a circular economy, a climate change panel, and resilience education to address the city’s challenges.

Moderated by Paula Verhoeven (Director Urban Development Rotterdam) the event was kicked off by mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and included inspiring talks by Michael Berkowitz (President at 100 Resilient Cities), Arnoud Molenaar (Chief Resilient Officer Rotterdam) and George Brugmans (President IABR).

Visit Resilient Rotterdam or take a look at Rotterdam’s journey to resilience

Source image: www.100resilientcities.org

 

 

 

Rotterdam #1 in Sustainable Cities Water Index

Which cities are best placed to harness water for future succes? This research conducted by Arcadis is a must read for all water pioneers around the world.

Some of the findings are that ‘European cities lead the way on the overall sustainability of their water systems and management, holding seven of the top ten places, with Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Amsterdam taking the top three rankings. However the low placings of cities like London (21st) and Rome (28th) show that additional investment is needed elsewhere in Europe. Overall, cities need to make greater investment to improve their resiliency to extreme weather events and unforeseen water shortages.’

Dive into the findings or read the full report

 

Present @Adaptation Futures

This week (10-13 May) Rotterdam hosts the 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference , the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA).

Tomorrow our architect Barbara Dal Bo Zanon will present her research on the design of floating developments based on ecology and living systems principles:

Designing a climate resilient future
Theme 1. Cities and infrastructure
May 12th, 08.45 – 10.30
Goudriaan Room
See full programme (page 199)

You can still register on site (payment: cash or credit card). Find out more at www.adaptationfutures2016.org.

Registered? You can also pay a visit to our Indymo-drone expert Rui Pedroso de Lima at the VP Delta stand!

This floating villa is real

‘Dubai’s crazy awesome floating villas now exist in real life’. That was the heading on Huffington Post this month. At first they were a little bit skeptical, because ‘the rendered photos looked too good to be true’. So were we, but it is. Here’s a video of the construction of the floating Seahorse. You can find more pictures and video’s here.

We think this is a very interesting example of floating development, because it provides a habitat both for humans as well as for life below the water surface. We’re really curious to see how the artificial coral reef will evolve and how nature beneath and above the water surface will respond to the villa. So we would advice to have this monitored and researched to further improve floating development with a positive impact on our planet.

Floating Seahorse II

Credits photos: Kleindienst

Quote wondered: what happened since 2011?

Quote – a Dutch magazine on business and lifestyle – wondered what happened to the entrepreneurs who pitched their business five years ago. Amongst them was our architect Bart Roeffen who pitched for DeltaSync

Bart: “We raised the money we needed to do research, but our pitch was actually very naive. We asked to invest in a concept, but investors want to invest in a product. Or in our case, in a real estate project on a specific location. Our company DeltaSync is doing really well though. We raised funds and work for several cities in the Netherlands and abroad.”

The timing of the pitch five years ago had to do with the Floating Pavilion in the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam, realized by DeltaSync. Bart: “That was a great succes because that was at the time when people were getting more aware of climate change. We wanted to take advantage of this momentum. We noticed quite quickly though that there were a lot of obstacles due to Dutch laws and regulations. Thats why we focused on other countries as well, where there are huge possibilities.”

“Overall, I’m still convinced that we have to look at the possibilities on the water, because we are devastating the earth right now. And with that I don’t mean land reclamation like in Dubai, which is irresponsible from a ecological point of view.”

Bart concludes with an interesting fact for potential investors: “Right now building on the water is 10% to 20% more expensive, but this is largely compensated by the price of water plots, which is lower than the price of land.”

Foto Bart Quote II

Credits text & photo Quote-article: Sander Schimmelpenninck & Aafke Holwerda

Dutch Water Sector calls for a Blue Revolution!

Great news: the Dutch Water Sector in the Netherlands is convinced as well that it’s time for a Blue Revolution to meet the challenges the world is facing today. Their blog is an open call to the Netherlands to take the lead in this.

The Dutch Water Sector is one of the nine Top Sectors in the Netherlands, a unique form of collaboration designed to promote innovation, to attract talent and to ensure a solid position for the sectors in the international context.

The blog of the Dutch Water Sector is based on our vision on the future of cities and mentions figures about the research we’ve done, like the fact that we only need 1% of the oceans to stay within a 2°C temperature rise. It also refers to our seven reasons why our future is on the water.

Ten years ago we started doing research on floating cities. Four years ago we presented our vision on a blue revolution. Today the Dutch Water Sector is adopting it. Thank you, let’s build a better future!

 

Is our future at sea?

Journalist Sanne Bloemink explores this question in De Groene Amsterdammer. Her article gives an inspiring overview of the blue revolution and seasteading, with grass roots both in the Netherlands and Silicon Valley.

She interviewed Joe Quirk – an American writer of best sellers, board member at the Seasteading Institute and self announced seavangelist – and Karina Czapiewska, floating city developer and one of the founders of DeltaSync and Blue21.

Read the full article here

Nice to know: the article was a staff pick by Blendle when it was published in February this year…

Reserve a seat @BlueAcademy today 11AM on flood protection in NYC

After hurricane Sandy – the second-costliest hurricane in United States history – hit New York City in 2012, what does the city do to become resilient? Roni Meryl Deitz, Project Engineer Integrated Planning and Coastal Resiliency at Arcadis will present several solutions New York City is working on right now.

11:00 – 11:30  Welcome words and short introduction about Blue21 and Indymo by Barbara Dal Bo Zanon & Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther

11:30 – 12:00  Multi-purpose flood protection solutions in New York City by Roni Meryl Deitz 

12:00 – 13:00  Discussion & free lunch

Reserve a seat! (limited places available)

 

Source image: www.inhabitat.com
Photo from: “The weather of the Future” by Heidi Cullen

Tech Insider: “Floating cities could be a reality by 2020”

Tech Insider wrote this article recently, just perfect if you want to know about the basic concept of floating cities and about the goals of the Seasteading Institute, co-founded by Peter Thiel. “We thought that was a reasonable goal for us when we launched our project [in 2012],” Randolph Hencken, executive director of the institute, told Tech Insider. “It’s still audacious. I walk a line between optimistic and skeptical.”

We are convinced 2020 is realistic, what do you think?

Read full article: Floating cities could be a reality by 2020

Source image: Youtube/Seasteading

Kelvin Ko presents research in Hong Kong

Kelvin Ko, the DeltaSync intern who just completed his Civil Engineering Masters thesis at TU Delft, was invited to present his research this month at the Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos conference in Hong Kong. His research shows that it is technically feasible to create small floating cities and even floating high-rise buildings of 15 floors at sea, even under hurricane conditions.

Kelvin Ko: “I was a bit nervous at first, because I thought my presentation would be too technical and detailed compared to the other presenters. But I could tell everyone was positively surprised with my presentation because most people had little knowledge about such a concept as a floating city. People reacted very enthusiastically and asked a lot of questions about floating development in general, like what it could mean on a political or economic level. I enjoyed it a lot and think my research increases the attractiveness of floating urban development for cities such as New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Read Kelvin Ko’s research

Source image: www.islandcities.org

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