City-zen subsidient evidence: sustainable living on the water is possible

Wouter Wolfswinkel used City-zen subsidy to turn a 1906 cargo ship into an energy-producing houseboat. This way, he and his family manage to live in a detached house, smack in Amsterdam’s city center – and in a sustainable fashion nonetheless. In an insightful and entertaining (!) story he discloses the ins and outs of sustainable living on the water, circular building, DIY-a-lot, cheating (a little) and the importance of good domestic atmosphere.

Read the article here (Dutch only).

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