Open-Islands are modular floating platforms, mostly made of upcycled materials.
This ongoing project started as an art project for the world-fair EXPO2000 in Hanover/Germany and over time developed into an international series of cultural, educational, humanitarian and/or entrepreneurial float projects on different water-bodies, from different interdisciplinary teams.
„Just give nature water, soil & sun and you´ll see a paradise garden growing in no time.“
Joy Lohmann, project initiator
„The demand for floating islands rises in line with the sea levels.“
In the coming time of climate change, floating platforms and islands will be one practical solution for people and regions in need at the coastlines and riverbanks, to adopt the changing conditions and raise their resilience. (We already see floating houses and farms, energy platforms and biospheres around the world and it´s just beginning…)
But the waters are not only a mayor threat for humanity. At the same time, rivers and lakes, flood zones and the oceans contain huge potentials for sustainable development and ecologic and even climatic restoration.
This is the area of interest and activity of Open-Island and the Float-Collective
- a multifunctional system of float constructions for inland waters, open-source
- appropriate concepts for a variety of specific island purposes, low-tech
- a community of likeminded makers and projects to spread and improve the system, bottom-up.
„The modular island construction principle also represents our decentral, interdisciplinary float-collective of likeminded makers worldwide.“
Makers For Humanity
The Open-Island project range:
Our floating headquarter is the catamaran „ZuKunst“ in the town center of Hanover/GER.
The floating future lab serves for climate education and cultural events. It also is our office and coworking space.
> ZuKunst website
We cocreate floating islands at festivals and art-fairs and speak/perform at conferences.
Our floating islands can be temporary cultural happenings or permanent installations for education, art, ecology, social innovation or fun.
> Open-Island action website
With partners on location, we build Open-Islands and other floats world-wide.
These floating prototypes lead to appropriate solutions, which we collect and spread online within an open float-collective.
> Float Generator
Get in contact to join, partner or interact
with Open-Island or the Float-Collective on any level:
Mail: Open-Island headquarter
or visit us aboard in Hanover-Linden, Germany:
„ZuKunst“-Anleger auf der Ihme/Heizkraftwerk
c/o Makers4Humanity, Limmerstr. 57, 30451 Hannover