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Aquatecture: Buildings and cities designed to live and work with water

Robert Barker and Richard Coutts

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 320

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Jan 2016

  • Stock Code: 81927

  • ISBN: 9781859465318

  • Binding: Hardback

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Water plays a vital role in shaping our built environment, as it has done for centuries. We depend on it, we use it, we live with it and we must respect it. Aquatecture is the first book to outline new ways of ‘designing for water,’ using examples from around the world to illustrate methods of utilizing water innovatively, efficiently and safely.

The first part of the book explores the historical relationship between water and architecture, examining how cities and civilisations have been drawn to water and have attempted to control it. The chapters go on to assess how this relationship has changed over time, and introduce readers to a range of brand new techniques that will revolutionise the way we think about water, design and urban planning. Solutions such as amphibious housing, wet-proof buildings, zero carbon development, rain gardens, flood storage and new methods of waterfront design are discussed and their effectiveness assessed.    

Full colour illustrations and international case studies are used throughout the book to bring these new theories to life; practical, technical advice sits alongside truly ground-breaking and ambitious ideas for the future. This book is an ideal reference tool for all architects, urban designers, planners and sustainability experts who have an interest in creating a beautiful, sustainable, intelligent and pleasurable built environment on land, in water and with water.

About the Author

Robert Barker

Robert Barker is a co-founder of Baca Architects, an award-winning research-led design practice internationally recognised for innovation in flood-resilient and adaptable architecture and spatial planning. Most recently Robert has led the Climate Adaptive Neighbourhoods project for the Technology Strategy Board. Robert was the lead author of the Defra Funded LifE project, Winner of the RIBA Presidents Research Award 2009. Robert is leading the first LifE project of 700 homes in Norwich, Littlehampton, and other projects in Holland and Paris.

Richard Coutts

Richard Coutts is a co-founder of Baca Architects and the director in charge of the Eiland Veur Lent and Nijmegen (Netherlands), a new peninsula to be created as part of an extensive dike relocation program along the River Waal. Richard led the Liverpool South Docks Waterspace Strategy (adopted) to unlock the potential of the water in this World Heritage Site that recently won the Canal and River’s Trust ‘Regeneration Strategy’ Award 2013. Richard is also Director in charge for Canting Basin, the UK’s first floating neighbourhood in Scotland and is currently leading on Serenity, a unique house that presents an evolution of the traditional Country House through innovative technological/environmental design and sculptural form.

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