Rotterdam's Tanaruz delivers 3D-printed sustainable yachts

Rotterdam's Tanaruz delivers 3D-printed sustainable yachts

ROTTERDAM, 7 April 2022 - Tanaruz will today deliver its first 3D-printed, 4.5-metre pleasure yacht to a customer. The Rotterdam-based company is the first European shipbuilder to manage the design and production of sustainable 3D-printed yachts itself and to start delivering to individuals on a large scale. Tanaruz wants to innovate leisure boating and make it accessible to a younger audience. The 3D-printed Tanaruz yachts are therefore not only circular, but thanks to an automated production process, they are also low cost.

Buying a yacht, via app?

Buying a yacht from Tanaruz starts via the app. Currently, the company offers four standard models, ranging from 4.5 to 10 metres in length. The boats can be fully personalized via the app, from the size and colour of the hull and cushions to the superstructure and necessary equipment. The pleasure yachts are optionally equipped with electric motors, batteries and solar panels.
"Traditional yacht building means a lot of manual work, especially if you deviate from the basic model. This makes pleasure yachts primarily an exclusive product. With Tanaruz, we want to make pleasure yachts accessible to everyone who is looking for an affordable, but above all sustainable product. Our boats are printed from recycled plastic. That makes them virtually indestructible, but still circular: if you want a bigger boat after expanding your family, for example, we use your old Tanaruz yacht as raw material to print a new one," says Alex Shifman, founder of RAW Idea, the startup behind Tanaruz.
Tanaruz Boats 📷 Republic / Marco De Swart                    Tanaruz Boats 📷 Republic / Marco De Swart

From order to yacht within two days

No big shipyard in the harbour, but in a factory hall in Rotterdam, the yachts are printed on a fourteen-metre long 3D printer. This process takes two days (for the smallest model), is fully automated and can continue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This keeps the cost price of the Tanaruz yachts low. The entry-level model costs €15,000, about half the price of a traditional pleasure yacht of the same size.
"Most of the work was in the start-up of the production process: from strength calculations by our engineers to designing the first models and setting up the 3D printer. But digitization also plays a major role. We see that 'one-size-fits-all' does not suit our target group. That's why the production process starts with the order: the customer can personalize his yacht completely via our app, just like putting together a car online nowadays. We have all the different options ready as a print job," says Shifman. "Having optimized this stage, today we celebrate the milestone of delivering our first production yacht."
Tanaruz Boats 📷 Republic / Marco De Swart                    Tanaruz Boats 📷 Republic / Marco De Swart

Future plans

In the future, the digital order and production process will allow for versatile personalization of the 3D printed pleasure yachts. Every personal request results in a new design, which can then be offered to other customers. Tanaruz also wants to reduce the cost price even further by increasing production. The company expects to print up to 100 pleasure yachts this year, but wants to deliver more than 300 boats from Rotterdam by 2023. Tanaruz therefore wants to install more 3D printers at a second location, so that two printers can print a boat at the same time and larger than 10 metres can be produced.
Tanaruz is looking for partners and investors in order to grow internationally as well. Thanks to the plug-and-play solution, smaller shipyards and print shops all over the world can start working with the Rotterdam designs.
Het Nieuwe Instituut announces epic summer rooftop stage

Het Nieuwe Instituut announces epic summer rooftop stage

Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam launches eleven-week summer stage on its rooftop, designed by MVRDV. Het Podium opens in June as the festival heart of the Rotterdam Architecture Month. The colourful stage will be 29 metres high and accessible via a 143-step pink outdoor staircase, a lift and via the MVRDVHNI exhibition on the sixth floor of the institute.
Het Nieuwe Instituut proudly presents the initiative for Het Podium: an impressive platform on the roof of the institute. The striking pink installation with imposing outdoor staircase was designed by architects MVRDV and is an extension of the exhibition MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio. Het Podium will be open from 1 June to 17 August and offers a unique opportunity to experience architecture, the city, Museumpark and the institute from an entirely new perspective. Never before has the roof of the institute been accessible to visitors.

Diverse programming

With Het Podium, Het Nieuwe Instituut is giving partners and makers from Rotterdam, the Netherlands and beyond the opportunity to temporarily add their own programming to the roof. The first major event to be organized at the institute is Rotterdam Architecture Month: an initiative of AIR (Architecture Institute Rotterdam), Rotterdam Festivals and Rotterdam Partners. Het Podium is at the centre of this edition. 
The city podium will soon not only have a cultural or architectural character: it will also be open to activities and sectors of a completely different nature. From sports classes to rooftop dinners and special children's activities. More information about the exact programme and the other cooperation partners will be announced later.
Visualisation of Het Podium at Het Nieuwe Instituut 📷 MVRDVVisualisation of Het Podium at Het Nieuwe Instituut 📷 MVRDV

MVRDVHNI installation  

The colourful city podium will soon be 29 metres high and accessible via a 143-step outdoor staircase, a lift and via the exhibition MVRDVHNI: The Living Archive of a Studio on the sixth floor of the institute. In this presentation, the early works of architect firm MVRDV are opened up interactively. Het Podium symbolizes both MVRDV's ambition to condense the city and make better use of roofs and the ambition of Het Nieuwe Instituut to increase knowledge about architecture.

Rotterdam Architecture Month

The first user of Het Podium at Het Nieuwe Instituut is the Rotterdam Architecture Month. For the duration of the event, the platform at the institute will be the heart of the festival and will host lectures, tours, films and other activities on architecture throughout the month of June. The main exhibition of the Rotterdam Architecture Month will also be housed in one of the presentation rooms of Het Nieuwe Instituut. Another part of the festival's multifaceted programming is The World Around: a leading conference in the field of contemporary architecture and design. Together with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Het Nieuwe Instituut is hosting this international event and on 11 June a conference will be held at Het Podium and in the institute.

Potential of roofs

Het Podium at Het Nieuwe Instituut can be seen as a logical continuation of previous impressive scaffolding installations designed by MVRDV in the past. In 2017, for instance, the firm already placed a gigantic staircase on Rotterdam's Stationsplein in the context of 75 years of the city's reconstruction. With this summer stage on the roof, Het Nieuwe Instituut also joins the Rotterdam Rooftop Walk: an initiative of the Rotterdam Roof Days. This route opens on May 26th and gives access to the roofscape of the inner city for a month. The event aims to let a large audience experience how roof use can contribute to a better future for cities and city dwellers. 
Visualisation of Het Podium at Het Nieuwe Instituut 📷 MVRDVVisualisation of Het Podium at Het Nieuwe Instituut 📷 MVRDV

Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut is the national institute for architecture, design and digital culture. Located in the city of architecture Rotterdam, in the Museumpark, Het Nieuwe Instituut has various exhibition spaces, a museum shop, a museum café, a study room and library, an auditorium, educational spaces and a garden. It houses one of the largest architecture collections in the world. 
5 years of Cambridge Innovation Centre (CIC) in Rotterdam

5 years of Cambridge Innovation Centre (CIC) in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM - The Cambridge Innovation Center moved into the Groot Handelsgebouw in Rotterdam over 5 years ago. CIC chose Rotterdam as its first international location - outside the USA - because of the potential of the ecosystem, its central location in Europe and the city's desire to strengthen the entrepreneurial climate.
Both Rotterdam Partners, the city's promotional agency, and Rotterdam City Council were keen for CIC to open a branch in Rotterdam. The business climate in various world cities was positively influenced by the arrival of CIC in cities such as Boston and Miami, and Rotterdam saw the American company as a suitable partner. 

CIC impact: investments, jobs and 50 entrepreneurial prizes 

The total investment money raised in recent years - by start-ups at CIC - is over 600 million. This was mainly financed by venture capital. 1828 full-time jobs were created by the companies in CIC's community. The percentage of international companies - companies that have one or more offices across the border - is about 20%. The sectors It/tech/software, business consulting and service providers are best represented. There are many winners among the companies; in recent years, they have won more than 50 national and international entrepreneurial awards. 

250 companies 

Over the past 5 years, CIC Rotterdam has been home to an average of about 250 companies and organizations. About half of the companies are start-ups or scale-ups, the share of small and medium-sized enterprises is on average about 18%, the share of corporate companies is 5% and there are on average about 25 investors. The remainder is occupied by non-profit organizations and freelancers.

50,000 attendees at community events 

Together with its non-profit sister organization, Venture Café, CIC brings the Rotterdam community together at weekly events such as the Thursday Gatherings. Here, entrepreneurs exchange knowledge, networks and experience. In recent years, a total of around 50,000 visitors attended the combined events.  
"The driving force behind CIC is the community of innovative companies, ranging from start-ups and scale-ups to investors and corporates. Through an inspiring work environment and programming focused on access to talent, funding and the total innovation ecosystem, we want to increase the impact of our community. By working closely with partners from across the innovation ecosystem, we will make a positive contribution to the business climate in Rotterdam," says Joyce Kornet-Vreugdenhil.
CIC General Manager Joyce Kornet-Vreugdenhil 📷 Roxanne WilmCIC General Manager Joyce Kornet-Vreugdenhil 📷 Roxanne Wilm

Opening DELTA, the end of an era 

The opening of the final CIC DELTA office space marks the end of years of expansion of flexible and hybrid offices in the Groot Handelsgebouw. The total number of square metres of office space now exceeds 10,500m2.
New Fork introduces lunch pick-up points for hybrid workers

New Fork introduces lunch pick-up points for hybrid workers

ROTTERDAM - Even with the pandemic behind us (sort of), employees are continuing to work partly from home and companies are occupying less office space. The absence of employees in the office is having a huge impact on company canteens and corporate catering. That is why New Fork, a corporate caterer based in Rotterdam, is experimenting with a new proposition: New Fork pick-up points for business lunches.

New Fork pick-up points?

According to New Fork, the process is easy. Every employee (whether working from home or in an office) can order their own lunch until 9:30 in the morning via the New Fork app. Later on, at noon, they can go grab their lunch at a pick-up point. According to New Fork, all their pickup points are no more than 15 minutes walking distance, from any location in Rotterdam. It's definitely an interesting concept, as businesses can provide their hybrid-work employees with a paid-for canteen lunch experience; a perk that many have gone without while working from home. 
 Yorick van Baarsel of New Fork states: "In this way, home workers feel involved in the office and eat a quality healthy lunch like at the office. We call this smart catering. There is also the choice of where the lunches are to be delivered: the office or the New Fork pick-up point. We expect smart catering to be the future, which is why we are experimenting with this type of concept, because if you don't dare, you don't win."

Why this Rotterdam experiment?

The hospitality industry in general has had a rough ride in recent years. But entrepreneurship, according to Yorick, is not about "throwing in the towel and giving up in difficult times. We think that hybrid work will continue and that is why we are rolling out this proposition in Rotterdam, because you can learn from experimentation. If it proves to be a success, the rest of the Netherlands is at our feet."
Picnic grocery launches sustainable food forest in Rotterdam

Picnic grocery launches sustainable food forest in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, 21 February 2022 - More than two hundred Picnic customers, colleagues and partners kicked off the online supermarket's food forest in the Schiebroekse Polder by planting 1,500 trees. In the coming years, thousands more trees will be planted on the two-hectare site. The food forest is the first to be planted by the coalition Rotterdam de boer op!, in which Picnic and Natuurmonumenten are partners. 

Food production

The Picnic food forest will offer space for meeting, education and participation in the field of nature and food. The forest will be a natural ecosystem, but focused on the production of food. In the coming period, a combination of nut trees, fruit bushes and other edible plants will be planted, with education for colleagues, customers, children and suppliers as a starting point. In addition, increasing biodiversity is central; small mammals, birds and insects find their home in the forest.
The online supermarket's food forest combines food production, ecological richness and a high experiential value. When sufficient experience is gained, the initiative can be expanded. Michiel Muller, co-founder of Picnic: "We are the modern milkman who delivers sustainably. We are also trying to make the food supply itself more sustainable by shortening the path from farmer to plate. A food forest gives new inspiration and is in line with the whole Picnic team's commitment to sustainable business."
Planting and maintenance will be done by Picnic employees for the next six years.

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