AquaDom: A breathtaking ride


What does a sustainable city of the future look like? How are our current cities developing and how do we give an identity to new habitats? An answer to this could be that a city should have plenty to offer.

More often cool initiatives are showing up in cities, which might achieve this. This to make a city livable and/or escape crowded places.

People are looking for new spaces for their activities. Although flights are becoming cheaper, we do not have to travel far for more rest and/or see imposing things. We can find things closer to home. A good example is the ‘AquaDom’.

What is it?

The AquaDom is a giant cylindrical acrylic glass aquarium of 25 meters high (82-foot) with a diameter of over 12 meters, built on a 9 meters tall concrete foundation. It’s filled with nearly 1 million liters of seawater and contains about 1500 fish of 97 different species. The aquarium weighs over 2,000 tons. The AquaDom is the largest acrylic glass cylinder in the world with these impressive measurements.

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The enormous and beautiful aquarium has a built-in transparent elevator that takes you on a spectacular underwater experience. Here you’ll learn about the tropical fish inhabitants and the architecture of the AquaDom.

radisson-blu-hotel-aquarium-scuba-diving-berlin-1Besides, guests have the opportunity to watch the AquaDom being cleaned and the fish feed by a pair of full-time scuba divers. 8 kilogram of food is being served each day.

The AquaDom can be found at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, Germany. Furthermore, the hotel contains offices, a restaurant and the aquarium Sea Life Center.

If you’re interested, you can sleep with the fish for 180 Euro per night. The hotel has 427 suites with fantastic sights of the tropical underwater world. Of course, if you feel a little sea sick, there are also rooms looking out to the city of Berlin.

Why is it cool?

At first sight, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin may look like just another luxury hotel, but appearances are deceptive. Once you enter the heart of the hotel, you will be blown away by the gigantic AquaDom. People will not expect an enormous aquarium like this when entering a hotel. I think this this is what makes this signal so extraordinary and attractive. Myself, I have never heard of the Aquadom before and it seems already impressive to me.

Besides, I think it is attractive for guests to experience the tropical underwater world by taking the transparent elevator. It makes a city more livable, because you can escape the crowd and will enjoy the feeling like you are just somewhere else.

But why is this a good signal? Individualization and digitalization have had a tremendous impact on our society. With the rush of today and the ever-competitive world, where we are constantly connected to the internet and getting a lot of information to us per day, signals like the Aquadom may fill up the emptiness and give us a little peace.

Also globalization has had an impact on the signals that can be found today that will determine our future. As said in the beginning, we do not have to travel far to experience something spectacular or something we can find in another country. The society is trying to make it possible for us to bring things closer to home.

Unfortunately, the guests can’t go for a dive in the Aquadom. Wouldn’t it be great if you can dive in an enormous aquarium like the AquaDom in the future?

With signals like this, a city surely offers enough to citizens and gets more identity. People don’t have to look far for their activities in the future. New places will emerge where you can find unique things.

Companies and organizations will do everything to offer citizens enough and make a city more livable, sustainable and peaceful.


PopUp Forest at Times Square: A solution for a livable and durable city of the future?


Cities are growing rapidly. An estimated 75 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. ‘How do I keep the city livable and durable for others and myself? ‘as well as: ‘ How can we create happier citizens?’ are questions we get more to do with, especially in the future.

How can we improve our quality of life and the environment when cities are so crowded? A solution for this problem could be the ‘PopUp Forest: Time Square’. 

What is it?

1/8 of New York City is forests, marshes and meadows. NYC has more nature than any other city in North America. Unfortunately, many New Yorkers have no idea that these kinds of places/nature exist.

To give people the experience of the nature that lives close by (to get to know their floral and faunal neighbors) and to redefine cities with nature in mind, the PopUP Forest: Times Square helps to achieve this.

The PopUp Forest: Times Square is a temporarily large-scale installation of real nature in the heart of New York City. This is a lively green space, which will support wildlife and delight urbanites. In about a couple of weeks it will disappear.

Urban ecologist Marielle Anzelone started the PopUp Forest campaign on Kickstarter. Anzelone’s purpose and wishes are to build a resilient and livable city together with citizens. With the PopUp Forest, Anzelone shows us how important it is to protect the remaining natural areas in the city.

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Anzelone’s plan is to ship containers loaded with soil, trees and flowers along, with sounds of birds and wildlife to one of the world’s most crowded places. Anzelone wants to create an immersive natural experience in what the campaign page calls ‘the most unnatural place on the planet’.

After three weeks, the PopUp Forest would be removed and the greenery used in small parks and schoolyards around the city.

The Kickstarter campaign was launched on March 16th and the hope is that funds will help to enable to start a design for the Times Square installation in 2016 and create a prototype in Gowanus, Brooklyn for summer 2015.  

Small funders will see their name on the website, while higher donations come with access to other cool things.

You can find and follow the project on Kickstarter:

Below Marielle Anzelone tells about the idea of the PopUp Forest: Times Square. 

Why is it cool?

Forests can now just pop up somewhere. I think this is why it makes it such a great and inspirational idea. If a forest can make it in Times Square, it can make it anywhere. Besides, this forest connects people to nearby nature. Design, education, and government are interwoven to promote this relationship.

I’m quite sure, this PopUp Forest will inspire people to come with other durable initiatives and ensures a better future for crowded cities. 

The PopUp Forest ensures that the nature will be into people’s everyday lives.

Let’s work together and fight against climate, environmental and globalization/urbanization problems, to work on a livable and durable city for the future. Our quality of life will increase by this on different aspects, like for example on the emotional wellbeing. In a sustainable city of the future we may be the happiest.

Places will get greener and hopefully there will be a balance between crowded places and nature.