Baca Architects

Aquatecture and London's Waterways





Tuesday 21 April, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Location: Creekside Discovery Centre, 14, Creekside, Deptford, SE8 4SA

The River Thames plays a vital role in shaping London. The transport and trade it facilitated historically helped London become a leading world city; how will its infrastructure and architecture respond to the challenges of a growing population and climate change in the 21st centure?

At the Creekside Education Trust Discovery Centre in Deptford, situated above the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel, Baca Architects, specialists in designing for water and flood-resilient architecture and masterplanning, will explore how our use of the Thames has changed, existing infrastructure including the Thames Barrier and new infrastructure like the Tideway Tunnel.

Drawing on the Practice's award winning research, the LifE project, Baca's forthcoming book "Aquatecture" on the importance of designing for water, due to be published by RIBA this year (see details below) will be discussed.

Baca will also present their recently completed Amphibious House (the first of its kind in the UK) and Aquobox (a demonstration flood-resilient building for the BRE Innovation Park).

Creekside Discovery Centre is dedicated to improving habitat opportunities along the rive and providing educational opportunities to raise awareness. Representatives will discuss the value of London's waterways and ecology and the neighbouring super sewer, with Baca presenting details of the second phase of the Centre's expansion.

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

Coming Soon from RIBA Publishing

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 following 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.

Pre-order your copy at RIBA Bookshops