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>> The Nomad, a solar houseboat for Europe's waterways
By: Leonard Henny | 2011/06/20 | Destination: Netherlands
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Nomads of the 21st. Century

Solar boats are now gaining technological maturity and promise to be in high demand in the post-crisis society. The Nomad has been designed with state-of-the-art technology for boating people who desire to mix work and vacation in a stress-less environment: the water.
There is a new breed of “foot-loose” young professionals who can live of their laptop-work wherever their whims will take them. They are designers, ICTspecialists, consultants and many others who don’t need a fixed place as a residence, and are eager to work under the circumstances of a permanent vacation. In addition The Nomad will be attractive for pensioners and all those who strive for an early retirement.


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>> Rood over Blauw
By: Leonard Henny | 2009/07/22 | Destination: Nederland
Rood over Blauw, profiteer van de crisis door dubbel grondgebruik. Gemeenten kunnen vanaf de zomer 2009 van het Rijk geld voor woningbouw projekten ontvangen in het kader van het crisispakket voor de woningbouw. Een tweede en een derde tranche zal respectievelijk in het najaar 2009 en in het voorjaar 2010 worden aangekondigd http://www.senternovem.nl/rgo/stimulering_woningbouw/index.asp)
Een voorwaarde voor het ontvangen van geld is dat de gemeenten een verlaagde grondprijs hanteren.

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>> 10 Floathomes in Holland launched despite a force 9 storm.
By: Leonard Henny | 2008/03/16 | Destination: Terwijde, Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, the Netherlands
10 new Floathomes were launched on February 29 2008 at Terwijde near Utrecht in the centre of the Netherlands. The 10 Floathomes were transported from the factory ABC Floathome Construction Ltd. in Urk, in the province of Friesland in the North of Holland. For the first leg of their journey, from Friesland to the outskirts of Utrecht, a tug towed the Floathomes 120km over water. But once near their mooring site the Floathomes had to travel overland to their final destination at Terwijde.

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>> Photographic impression of Terwijde in Utrecht/Holland
By: Leonard Henny | 2008/08/04 | Destination:
In the Vinex location of Terwijde, Leidsche Rijn in Utrecht, Aquatecture has made a design for a floating community of 19 houses. There are 5 different types of houses where the variation is mainly dictated by differences in boardwalks and the upper roof structure. Each owner also has the possibility to choose from a palet of different colors and configuration for the facades. Through the use of other designing tools like clustering, rotting and mirroring some of the houses, diversity has been realised with a minimum of differences in houses.

Check out the article "Storm of 9 Bf hinders launching of 10 floathomes in Holland" on the homepage to read more about this project.

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>> Property Value Improvement Plan for the Romai Part District
By: Leonard Henny | 2008/03/16 | Destination:
Amphibious Community can provide comfortable housing in the flood-prone area of Római Part.

The yearly floods in the district of Római Part inhibit comfortable living in this otherwise attractive residential area. This area is frequently flooded by the Danube to the extent that residents have to be evacuated twice a year. Presently many of the relatively fancy homes are deserted. Some temporary functions remain, such as seasonal restaurants. Property values in this specific area are at an all time low (about 44.000 HUF per sqm, about € 176,00 per sqm.) In adjacent non-flood-prone areas property values are high for Hungary, since this is a well respected neighbourhood (estimated average value 300.000 HUF per sqm, about € 1.200 per sqm). If the flood-risk area could be developed with amphibious buildings (both homes and neighbourhood-facilities) this area would be immensely improved (and property values could explode).



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>> Report on the Road Show of Floating Communities/Aq
By: Leonard Henny | 2008/08/04 | Destination:
Floating Communities/Aquatecture is a Dutch Architectural Firm which specializes in the design of Floating Homes and Floating Communities. Since it was established in 2003, Aquatecture has designed a number of state-of-the-art floating homes projects in The Netherlands: in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Roermond and Rosmalen.

In 2007 Aquatecture was broadened with a City Planning branch entitled Floating Communities, which started with the self-initiated design for an amphibious community on one of the flood-prone river banks of the Danube river in Budapest. In April 2008 Floating Communities/Aquatecture organized a Road Show, presenting “The Amphibious Solution” in Budapest and in a number of nearby
municipalities along the river Danube and the river Tisza.




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>> SLEEPING IN SEATTLE
By: Ties Rijcken | 2006/02/28 | Destination: Lake Union, Seattle WA, USA
Since the movie “Sleepless in Seattle”, with Tom Hanks, the houseboats of Seattle have become an icon for trendy living, not only in Seattle but also in other parts of the American Continent.
As the movie popularized living on the water, some influential and some famous people picked up the trend and managed to legalize the houseboat status, which formerly was the trademark of the poor: sailors, loggers, dockworkers and seasonal handy men. Today living on the water is not only trendy, but also expensive as a result of the improved infrastructure and increased taxation.


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>> A LOVENEST FOR WATERBIRDS
By: Leonard Henny | 2006/05/17 | Destination: Vancouver, Canada
In the Delta Region, South of Vancouver, the River Run Cottages provide hospitality for visitors on The Waterlily a floating B&B. For those who like to taste the atmosphere of "living on the water" it is an enjoyable experience to stay in this "Lovenest for Waterbirds" for a few days. Who knows how many guests have been inspired to decide to look for a floathouse and to start living on the water themselves?

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>> LIVING ON THE WATER IN THE NETHERLANDS
By: Leonard Henny | 2006/05/17 | Destination: The Netherlands
Living on the water has a long history in The Netherlands. Since the 16th century much of goods and voyagers were transported by boat, towed by horsepower or sailing on the wind along the many age old canals and over the inland seas and lakes of Holland. The skipper families can be considered the first houseboat dwellers on the earth.
It was after the Second World War that the scarcity in the housing market forced many more people to live on the water, mostly in converted freight ships.
The newest trend in living on the water in The Netherlands goes in the direction of planned floating communities. The architectural firm AQUATECTURE has designed the first planned floating community in Terwijde, near Utrecht, and is active in the design of private “water mansions” for IJburg, near Amsterdam.


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>> VIDEOKE IN THE WETLANDS
By: Ties Rijcken | 2006/02/28 | Destination: Agusan Marsh, Mindanao, Philippines
The floating village of Agusan Marsh is in all respects a grass roots solution to the problems caused by excessively fluctuating tide waters and frequent earthquakes. Houses on the shore are in risk of destruction, while the floating village can respond to the risks of the environment, as well as to the directions interpreted from the spirits of the ancestors. As building materials like bamboo and logs are abundant, the cost of house building may amount to Euro 50,--
What happens in the case of a storm? “We let it pass and restore the damage” the village chief explains.


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>> The houseboat book by Barbara Flanagan
By: Leonard Henny | 2006/11/06 | Destination:
Presents a pictorial survey, with interior and exterior photographs, of houseboats and floating homes in the United States and Canada, with a brief history and information on what is involved with living on the water.

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>> THE KING'S CONSOLATION PRIZE
By: Ties Rijcken | 2006/03/20 | Destination: Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand
I’d heard rumours that large parts of Bangkok were allegedly built afloat. True enough, the hundreds of small boats at the so-called “floating markets” are an important tourist attraction. The boat rides throughout Bangkok are very popular. However, there is not a floating building to be seen anywhere near. I was enlightened by Thai boat haggler Sum Boon. He told me the government prefers building structures on stilts. Moreover, many Bangkok residents had apparently made some money during recent years and could now afford to buy their own land. Lucky for me, a floating village came to the surface from somewhere deep inside the recesses of Sum Boon’s mind.

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>> THE FLOATING HAMLET IN SAUSALITO
By: Ties Rijcken | 2006/02/28 | Destination: San Francisco Sausolito, USA
The houseboat dwellers in the bay of San Francisco, California are a very special kind of people. Not only because many of them live in a unique home made shelter, but also because their lifestyle tends to be rather out of the ordinary.
Ties Rijcken spent a sunny day on the docks of Sausalito and became fully enchanted with the happy-go-lucky life of its inhabitants. By the end of the day he found himself in a hot tub under a star spangled sky with a view in the distance on the twinkling skyline of San Francisco.


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