By Antony Funell
Koen Olthuis will be a keynote speaker at ABC Australia at the 6th of October.
Our oceans and coastlines are of increasing interest to architects and engineers. There’s a new emphasis on land reclamation and building floating structures for everything from accommodation to marine farming to energy generation. The Russians have even launched a floating nuclear reactor.
Re-defining the use of the ocean is part of the emerging “blue economy” – one that can be both economically beneficial and environmentally responsible. How well can these often contradictory goals be reconciled?
Brydon Wang – Technology researcher and construction lawyer, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Katherine Dafforn – Senior lecturer, Environmental Science, Macquarie University
Dr Darren Kundy – Interim CEO Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre
Daniel Steadman – Marine Technical Specialist, Fauna and Flora International
Koen Olthuis – Architect, WaterStudio