The UP Experience is pleased to welcome Koen Olthuis, founder of the Dutch architectural firm Waterstudio, NL that specializes in floating structures to counter concerns and impact of floods due to climate change and rising sea levels. During his UP presentation – A Sustainable Future on the Waterfront – Koen will share his vision for literally building entire communities – and cities – that float!
Koen Olthuis studied architecture and industrial design at the Delft University of Technology, and has a patent on the methodology for producing a "floating base." In 2007, Koen was listed as one of "the most influential people in the world" in a readers’ poll by TIME magazine due to the worldwide interest in water developments. The French magazine Terra Eco chose him as one of the "100 green persons that will change the world" in 2011.
In Koen’s vision, today’s designers are an essential part of the climate change generation and should start to enhance their perspective on urban components to become dynamic instead of static. His solution, called City Apps, is floating urban components that add a certain function to the existing static grid of a city. Using existing urban water as building ground offers space for new density, offering worldwide opportunities for cities to respond flexibly to climate change and urbanization.
The first city in which this vision is being developed is The Westland, near The Hague in Holland. This project incorporates floating social housing, floating islands, and floating apartment buildings.
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The UP Experience
October 25, 2012
8:30am – 4:30pm
Stafford Performing Arts Theatre
10505 Cash Road
The UP Experience is an annual thought-leader conference held one day each October in Greater Houston, featuring domain-expert speakers from every area of work and culture. The purpose is to inspire, entertain and challenge by offering unique perspectives from unique people. Speakers are hand-selected for their expertise and ability to communicate passionately and succinctly. The UP Experience schedules time for attendees to meet and talk with all speakers. This is the only conference of this breadth and quality offered on America’s South Coast.
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