18-11-2013 TEDxTalk Rutger de Graaf online

This week the TEDx video of Rutger de Graaf was published online. In this video he is talking about the need of floating cities.

Most of the bigger cities in the world are located along the coast. Every day around 150.000 people move to the city. This means that in 2100 4.5 billion people will live in cities. Combined with an ever-growing consumption this means an increase in farmland of 100% already in 2050. Land is lost due to the sea level rise and more land is needed to produce bio fuels. Eventually this means a future land scarcity of 22 million square kilometres, the size of North America.

The solution to this problem? Seventy percent of our planet is water. A lot of cities are located along the coast. New cities can be built on the water and use the waste products of the coastal cities to produce food and energy, for example in the form of floating algae farms.

To watch the whole video, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0deiRRqWLgU


08-07-2013 Flood proofing critical infrastructure of Dordrecht

A case study on the critical infrastructure of Dordrecht has been carried out by students Tom den Ouden and Bob Souwer from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. The objective was to look for quick-wins in flood proofing hotspot buildings within a critical infrastructure...[more]


24-06-2013 Connecting to the Floating Future

The Community of Practice Floating Construction (CoP) organized 'Connecting to the Floating Future', the 20th of june. The next step in collecting, sharing and building knowledge in the field of floating construction.[more]



27-03-2013 Newsletter

The latest DeltaSync newsletter is released.[more]


25-01-2013 BBC: Should we build new cities at sea?

BBC News interview with Bart Roeffen from DeltaSync at the Floating Pavilion in Rotterdam and the floating homes in Delft.

Link to BBC News[more]


23-12-2012 Seasons greetings

Our best wishes for a white Christmas and a bright New Year on a Blue Planet

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19-11-2012 Public lecture: Blue Revolution

'About 70% of the earth surface is still used inefficiently. While on the land a transition has been made to organized agriculture, on the water we are still basically hunters and gatherers', according to Rutger de Graaf, lector Adaptive construction at the knowledge centre...[more]


26-10-2012 First watervillas launched in the Harnaschpolder of Delft

With great public attention and in the presence of Delft council member Stephan Brandligt (sustainable development), the first two floating foundations were launched. An exciting moment, because even for the builders it is not an ordinary job. Floating buildings are still a...[more]


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