Futuristic oceanscapers are floating villages 3D-printed from algae and plastic waste

December 28, 2015 by  
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Swiss students design wooden floating island for Lake Zurich art event

November 16, 2015 by  
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Wood never looked so good. Working with Studio Tom Emerson , a group of talented Swiss students from ETH Zurich have designed a floating island that will be the centerpiece of Zurich’s 2016 Manifesta festival . A biennial celebration of contemporary art located on Lake Zurich, the  Pavillon of Reflections, which will serve as the central node for the 100-day festival , will have an open-air cinema, LED screen, and an integrated swimming pool. Read the rest of Swiss students design wooden floating island for Lake Zurich art event

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Floating Blue 21 ecosystem offers a sustainable alternative to consumptive societies

September 15, 2015 by  
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Although we’ve seen a number of cool floating city designs over the years, Blue 21 stands out among its buoyant counterparts for offering a truly viable solution to the world’s ever-increasing environmental ills. The forward-thinking designers behind this floating eco-homes project,  Delta Sync , claim Blue 21 will have a positive impact on the planet by creating productive, rather than consumptive communities. Learn more about their Blue Revolution after the jump. Read the rest of Floating Blue 21 ecosystem offers a sustainable alternative to consumptive societies

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Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase

July 6, 2015 by  
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The Seasteading Institute is on target to launch the world’s first floating city by 2020. The Floating City Project is set to have political autonomy, although the concept involves an integrated relationship with a “host nation.” The self-sufficient floating community is planned to have residences, tourism, aquaculture, a business park, a research institute, and a power plant to sell energy and clean water back to the host nation. Read the rest of Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: floating cities , floating city plans , floating city project , floating residential communities , seasteading , self-sufficient community , self-sufficient floating community , the seasteading institute , world’s first floating city

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How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

February 4, 2014 by  
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The Sea Tree design by architect Koen Olthuis (c) Waterstudio.NL When the movie Waterworld premiered in 1995, people regarded the Kevin Costner flick as a fairly ridiculous post-apocalyptic science fiction film: Now, nearly two decades later, the tale’s premise of a world where nearly all land is submerged beneath the seas seems more like a prediction of what’s to come than a figment of a screenwriter’s imagination. With polar ice caps melting rapidly, the clear and present threat of rising tides is no longer something that can be pushed aside. According to current scientific estimates, the earth’s temperature will increase at least 4-5 °C by the end of this century, leading to a sea level rise of approximately 2-7 feet or more by 2100, which will submerge significant portions of many of the world’s major metropolitan areas, including New York, London, Shanghai and Mumbai. Since we’re facing some pretty catastrophic changes, some of the world’s best minds are working on solutions to prevent, or at the very least, minimize, the land loss and human habitat destruction that lies ahead. But between dams, water barriers and floating cities , it’s easy to get lost in the “flood” of different options for dealing with rising sea-levels. Bettery Magazine recently broke down our current situation and the various types of approaches which are being tried all around the world to deal with rising waters. Read Bettery’s full report for a better understanding of how we can waterproof our future. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bettery , bettery magazine , eco design , floating cities , flood barriers , flood protection , flooding , green design , resiliency , resilient design , sustainable design , waterproofing cities , waterproofing the future        

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Silt Lake City: Floating ‘Hydropolis’ Could Ride the Tide of the Nile River in Egypt

January 21, 2013 by  
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Poetic Cosmos of the Breath is an Inflatable Solar Dome by Tomas Saraceno

September 26, 2012 by  
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VIDEO: Koen Olthius Shares the Benefits of Floating Cities at TEDxWarwick

March 26, 2012 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Koen Olthius , founder of Waterstudio.nl and floating architecture expert, recently gave a talk at TEDxWarwick on the benefits of floating cities. For years, we’ve been following Olthius’ work – including his floating homes and Waterstudio.nl’s proposals for amazing water-based cities. Now his ideas for floating cities are getting a lot more attention as they offer ways to reduce the risks of flooding and climate change while opening up more space in dense urban environments. Olthius’ TEDx talk in Warwick is a great overview of his philosophy and how floating architecture can help change the world. + Waterstudio.nl + TEDxWarwick Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , eco design , floating architecture , floating cities , floating homes , green architecture , Green Building , green design , Koen Olthius , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , TED Talk , tedx , tedx talk , tedxwarwick , Video , water architecture , water buildings , Waterstudio.nl , you tube video

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Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

March 26, 2012 by  
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In the wake of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in a generation , yet another nuclear reactor in Japan was taken offline for maintenance on Monday, leaving only one of the country’s 54 nuclear reactors operational. Tokyo Electric Power Co. , the company responsible for the three reactors in Fukushima that suffered a meltdown when the area was hit with a tsunami last year, took the last of its 17 nuclear reactors offline this week for safety and stress tests. Japan’s last operating reactor is scheduled to be taken down in early May, leaving threats of power outages for that nation, which previously depended on nuclear energy for as much as one-third of its power. Read the rest of Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , coal power , fossil fuels , Fukushima , Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power , Japan , japan tsunami , nuclear energy , nuclear meltdown , nuclear power , nuclear reactors

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

December 15, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT! http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , book review , FLOAT , floating cities , floating developments , floating homes , green architecture , Green Building , green design , hydrocity , interview , koen olthuis , living on water , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainaquality , Waterstudio

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