Floating Future project kicks off!

The full Floating Future consortium gathered in Rotterdam on 17th April 2024 to jointly kick off the project. The societal relevance of the project was shown by presentations from the City of Rotterdam, which highlighted the necessity for innovative (floating) solutions that combine living, leisure, and water storage needs. Water taxis brought the team to […]

Project Advisory Committee (PAC)

Our internal Project Advisory Committee (PAC) met for the first time. In the next 5 years, the PAC will have a key role in critically reflecting on the research approach and results of our project.

Koen Olthuis: The Future of Our Water

In H2o Magazine, Floating Future partner and member of our Project Advisory Committee Koen Olthuis van Waterstudio.NL makes an urgent plea for room for experimentation for a floating city in the Netherlands. Koen Olthuis is making an urgent appeal to make one of the 3,500 polders in our country available for a floating city. “Please […]

Lecture of Pernille van der Plank

On the 26th of April 2024, Pernille van der Plank (Taskleader within Floating Future) delivered her inaugural lecture as Professor of Property Law at the Open Universiteit. The theme was particularly fascinating and relevant, namely: “Water lease as water law: On the private law right to water plots”. This is perhaps the subject that has […]

Interesting article in response to the new delta scenarios

Interesting article in response to the new delta scenarios. The report shows opportunities to redesign the country to become future-proof: dike elevations, river widening, construction-free zones in floodplains. But also by “living with water”, for example by building floating homes or houses on stilts. The Blue Revolution Foundation, together with MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands), […]

Interview of Margo van den Brink

Interesting interview with our WP leader for Governance Margo Van Den Brink of University of Groningen. Margo describes the shift from fighting against water to living with water highlighting many interesting projects such as Room for the Rivers but also our Floating Future projects, all while stressing the importance of spatial quality. Olaf Waals Rutger de Graaf Tjeerd Bouma Pernille van der […]

Kick-off of Floating Future Project

We have started! More than 4 years after Olaf Waals and Rutger de Graaf had their first meeting about the initial research idea, and years of consortium building and proposal writing, we had the official kickoff of our research project Floating Future today. It was a unique day which brought together a rare combination of scientific domains, businesses, governments […]

Podcast: Overcoming Obstacles to Floating Neighborhoods

Are we on the brink of a shift from land-based living to water-bound communities? While the technical feasibility of floating neighborhoods offers a solution to urban space constraints, legal hurdles still abound. For example, getting a mortgage for a floating terraced house or apartment is still impossible. You can hear how that works from the […]

Pioneering Floating Construction in Innovation Workshop

On 5 April, Willem Jan Landman van Circular Floating Districts bv gave a guest lecture on floating construction in the Innovation Workshop of our consortium partner Hanzehogeschool Groningen. Innovation Workshops (IWPs) are physical or virtual places within the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen where research, education and professional practice come together. In these IWPs, […]

Floor Spaargaren: onderzoekt de toekomst op zee

Bekijk dit inspirerende videoportret over de drijfveren van onze WP2 Technology leader Floor Spaargaren MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) gemaakt door het Maritiem Museum Rotterdam Olaf Waals Joep van der Zanden Margo Van Den Brink Tjeerd Bouma Christiaan Weiler Jeroen Rijke “𝘒𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘳 𝘻𝘦𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘨𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘫𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘯 𝘥𝘢𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥, 𝘰𝘱 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘱 𝘻𝘦𝘦 𝘨𝘢𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘯?” Geniet van dit portret, en de andere vijf […]