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Amsterdam's Bold Housing Solution: 10 Artificial Islands


Amsterdam Will Put New Housing on 10 Artificial Islands - CityLab

Amsterdam Will Put New Housing on 10 Artificial Islands - CityLab

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The archipelago will eventually be home to up to 45,000 people in 18,000 homes, 30 percent of which will be earmarked for affordable rent.

What a cool idea! I hope it works!

They had me at "pancake":

Construction of this new archipelago, called the IJburg, began in 1997, and so far six of the total 10 planned islands are complete. To construct the islands, the Dutch used a technique they call the “pancake method.” When an island is built-up this way, porous screens are placed in the water to hold the island’s shape and sand is sprayed into the screens to form a layer of batter-like sludge. As this layer settles and drains through the fine mesh, it hardens and another layer of sand is sprayed on top. Pancake by pancake, the island rises until it is two meters above the water level.

Mmmm... Pancakes...

mmmm pancakes gif

mmmm pancakes gif

Yeah, good technique. 

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