By Anne Koudstaal

Road From Recycled Plastic

VolkerWessels plastic road

Anne Koudstaal and Simon Jorritsma, the inventors of PlasticRoad, stated: Together with Wavin and Total, we now have a vast pool of knowledge, experience and resources, and can take concrete steps in the development of PlasticRoad. We expect to have a first prototype completed by year-end 2017

This plastic road is perfect for our sustainable community. VolkerWessels construction company introduced the concept Plastic Road; a concept of plastic that is circular, quick to apply and also hardwearing.

Road Advantages

Plastic offers lots of advantages both in construction and in the maintenance of roads.

  • It is maintenance free product
  • Barely wearable
  • The material is impervious to weather
  • Plastic is resistant to heavy frost and extreme heat
    Forty degrees of frost or eighty degrees above zero for plastic roads will be no problem

Recycled plastic

VolkerWessels claims that the modules will be build with 100 percent recycled material. Plastics are processed into ‘prefab’ road segments: industrial road sections which are completely transported to the new road. The road can be build in a short period of time. Moreover, because of the hollow structure there is room for other infrastructure such as cables, pipes and water.

Rotterdam pilot

The first candidate for a plastic road is the city of Rotterdam. That municipal wants to participate in a trial.

We are hoping to gain insight about the consequences for motorcyclists. What will be the grip of the plastic surfaces?


Win Win

“Sinking roads are a big problem in the Netherlands. That’s because the ground is so wet that roads get soaked, which makes them sink to such a degree that, in some cases, they have to be replaced after just three to four years.”

Plastic has a great advantage: It’s not only impermeable to water, but it’s also much lighter than asphalt. Plastic roads could be designed with integrated storm drains – a system that collects water during heavy downpours to release it later in a controlled fashion.

Prefabricated roads would be quick to build, reducing the time we spend in traffic jams. And a plastic road could go 50-100 years without maintenance. Compare that to conventional roads, which need to be replaced three times over every fifty years, on average.

By Waterstudio

Floating city is getting real

Climate change, floods, infrastructure, floating city

Sustainable infrastructure of the future: Floating cities?

The first floating city may be established by 2020Climate change and rising river/coast levels: forget houseboats, try floating communities. The newest trend in real estate: building a home on top the water.

New nations

This Floating City Project combines principles of both seasteading and startup cities, by seeking to locate a floating city within the territorial waters of an existing nation. Historically, The Seasteading Institute has looked to international waters for the freedom to establish new nations and spur competitive governance from the outside.

This project offered an opportunity to develop a new urban nucleus of world-class residential, commercial and cultural facilities, as well as to promote a zero-carbon, energy-efficient and self-sufficient city. The proposal is now being reviewed by one of China’s largest property investors, China Transport Investment Co, for a project that could be built off of Hong Kong.

Floating architecture

This incredible ‘Floating City’, which spans four square miles, comes with its own dock, roadways and farms to make it completely self-sufficient. It would also feature vertical gardens, a hotel, entertainment complex and a huge floating arena which could host gigs and sports matches.

  • The building is made from hexagonal and triangular modules which connect together above and below the water using a series of walkways and tunnels.
  • The water world is dreamed up by British and Asian-based design firm AT Design Office and commissioned by Chinese construction firm CCCC
  • A series of canals connect the settlement together, meaning eco-friendly boats and submarines can provide most of the transportation.

Seastaeading investigated the DeltaSync design, and determined that DeltaSync’s concept is better adapted for the strategy of the Floating City Project, which encourages early seasteads to form within protected waters. In the future it will be important to do additional research on various components of DeltaSync’s design.

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By Studio Roosegaarde

Interactive Save Highway

Interactive Save Highway

Interactive Save Highway

Highway future

Contribution to a sustainable, green future – and ensure a save highway is possible, with this interactive smart highway lightened by glowing lines. 

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde uses special sun-charged paint that glows in the dark for as long as 10 hours. 

Moreover this interactive paint indicates icy weather conditions by becoming visible in freezing temperatures. 

Highway paint

The lines charge at day-time and glow at night (for 8 hours). Using these glowing lines ensures the safety of drivers and contributes to a energy-neutral future. The goal is for creative designer Daan Roosegaarde is to make roads which are more sustainable and interactive by using light, energy and road signs that automatically adapt to the traffic situation.

Smart Highways

Smart Highways are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde . Its goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and information that interact with the traffic situation.

Glowing Lines are charged during day-time and glow at night for eight hours. The first road has been constructed, and will further be launched internationally.

Circular infrastructure

Pilot Smart Highway with Glowing Lines live

Van Gogh

The recent Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands twinkling stones inspired by ‘Starry Night’. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the town of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.

Circular infrastructure

This bikers lane with solar cells, generates green energy

New designs include Dynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane and Road Printer.

Bikers path

The collaboration between Roosegaarde and Heijmans is a true example of innovative industry. The design and interactivity by Studio Roosegaarde and the craftsmanship of Heijmans are fused into one common goal: innovation of the Dutch landscape.

Smart Highway has been awarded a Dutch Design Award and an Accenture Innovation Award, and won the INDEX Award 2013.

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By Waterstudio

Could you live in a floating neighbourhood?

Dutch Docklands floating communities

forget houseboats, try floating communities

Koen Olthuis is the founder of the Dutch architectural firm Dutch Docklands, that specializes in floating structures to counter concerns and impact of floods due to climate change and rising sea levels.

Climate change and rising river/coast levels: forget houseboats, try floating communities. The newest trend in real estate: building a home on top the water.


Floating communities

During his UP presentation — A Sustainable Future on the Waterfront — Koen shared his vision for literally building entire communities — and cities — that float! He 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.

Do you want more information or get inspired from different floating city concepts, check the sidebar on the right.

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