Platform Design Discussion

Once a month, we will host a free, online discussion on a topic related to seasteading.

Seasteading is living on environmentally restorative floating islands with some degree of political autonomy.

The term comes from homesteading, which means making a home for oneself in new, uninhabited places. It generally has associations with self-sufficiency and a frontier lifestyle. Seasteading is reminiscent of that idea, but at sea.

The topic for our February meeting is: Platform Designs

 Guest Speakers

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Prof. Hubert Rahier

Hubert’s main research field is material development, specializing in non-traditional cements like geopolymers. He is currently developing textile reinforced cement composites.Recently he got involved in a project concerning photo-electrochemical water splitting. The idea is to produce an anode that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen, using sunlight.

His research with the cement composites uses industrial wastes to change its nature and make a new cement. Hubert partners with both organizations and companies; he was contacted by the architects at UN Habitats, and he is currently in partnership with a University in Greece that specializes in Marine Infrastructure and Fish & Seaweed Farming. Prof. Rahier is extremely networked in the European system of universities and companies that research and develop new materials and products.

John S. Huenefeld

John Huenefeld is a writer, physicist, engineer, inventor, and citizen scientist.  John Has spent his career developing new products in the aerospace industry.  He has worked on many of the nation’s top projects including, the B2 bomber, the International Space Station,  727, 737, 747, and 777 commercial aircraft.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he enjoys the outdoors and sailing in the Puget Sound region.  John also writes science fiction and physics theory as Hugh Mannfield and has several books available on in paperback or Kindle format.

Gabriel Muñoz Moreno

Gabriel Muñoz Moreno is a technologist, architect, urban planner, and entrepreneur. He is the Director of LAIA Lab in New York, which focuses on combining design and biodiversity to create holistic infrastructure solutions and socioeconomic opportunities, captured in novel built environments. He has received awards and fellowships such as the Jacques Rougerie Foundation Laureate, the ARCH+ Planetary Urbanism Award, the Real Colegio Complutense Harvard Fellow, and the Casa de Velazquez Fellow. His work has been exhibited at the UN-Habitat III, and the XII Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial. Gabriel has worked with Shigeru Ban in Tokyo, and Iñaki Abalos in Cambridge. Gabriel received his Masters in Energy & Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded the prize for best thesis.

Pratik Borse

Pratik Borse is an Architect from India who has pursued his Masters in Advanced Architecture at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona. An inclination towards ‘Co-’ culture has led him to practice collaboration at different levels across an array of mediums.

By looking at design solutions within the existing infrastructure, he aspires to create new systems to enhance longevity whilst adding value to architectural and urban built environment. Learning by doing is an ingrained skill which he honed during the course of his study. With a curiosity for different existing systems and processes, he is driven to design an inclusive built environment for all co-inhabitants.