Water In Future Cities, Flood-proof Workshop, 30th June 2015

NERC - RCUK Watershowcase Event

We are fast approaching the National Environment Research Council’s RCUK Water Showcase, ‘Water in Future Cities’.  Taking place at The Crystal, London on the 30th of June 2015, the event will see policymakers, businesses and researchers exploring five distinctive visions for these cities of the future:

Green Food & Garden Cityscapes, Flood-proof Cities, Smart Homes & City Networks, Cities & the Underworld and Community Transition Cities

Richard Coutts of Baca will be running a workshop on Flood-proof cities with Dr. Jim Wharfe, one of the parallel workshops on Business of Water in Cities that will explore possible routes to realise these visions.

The Research Councils UK-sponsored event will facilitate dialogue and collaborations between researchers and research users in industry, government and third sector.

If you would like to attend the event, please complete the registration by following this link.

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Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

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The annual Vision event returns to London’s Olympia next week, bringing together architects, specifiers, clients and suppliers to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment.  Through a series of lectures, live debates and practical seminars, alongside an exhibition of cutting-edge products, Vision will provide the meeting place for professionals connected to the built environment.

The practice’s Richard Coutts will be speaking at the Amphibious & Flood-Resilient Homes workshop at 13.00 on the 3rd of June.  Under discussion will be the completed Baca-designed  Amphibious House on the banks of the Thames in Buckinghamshire plus a new generation of floating and flood-resilient homes.  Richard will also present other measures for protecting buildings from damage from flooding, including the demonstration flood-resilient building, in conjunction with Aquobex, planned for the BRE Innovation Park in Watford.

Amphibious & Flood-Resilient Homes workshop
Date: 3rd June

Time: 13.00 – 14.00
Location: Innovation In Architecture & Design Theatre

If you would like to register for the show, please click HERE.

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Thames Estuary Partnership Talk

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In a series of summer seminars at University College London (UCL), London’s vital artery, the River Thames, is celebrated and explored.  Sponsored by Fuller’sIn Touch with the Thames is organised by The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) and open to anyone who would like to learn more about the tidal Thames, its estuary, flood-plains, tributaries, communities, and commerce.  Viewing the Thames as a system as much as a location, the lectures are intended to stimulate conversation and the sharing of new approaches to understanding, managing or enjoying the river’s urban and rural hinterland and similar riparian and maritime landscapes in the south-east.

Tuesday the 19th of May saw Richard Coutts of Baca presenting research along with Thames-side projects that utilise the practice’s expertise in water-related design.  Plans for the Creekside Educational Trust’s Visitors Centre in the Thames Estuary were discussed along with the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel and an update on the award-winning LifE (Long-term Initiatives for flood Risk Environments) Project.  Building on the success of the UK’s first Amphibious House, Richard expanded on the Baca design and presented some of the practice’s forthcoming projects including next-generation Amphibious Houses, an Elevated House & designs for further Flood Resilient Homes.

We would also like to say a big thank you to London brewer, Fuller’s, for supplying delicious complimentary craft beers at the event.

Baca’s forthcoming book Aquatecture from RIBA Publishing can be purchased by clicking on this LINK.

Some of the practice’s water-related designs are presented in Built on Water from Braun Publishing, available for purchase via the following LINK.

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Water, Water Everywhere – Landscape Institute Event 25/04/15

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This weekend, the Landscape Insitute’s AGM in Norwich will be accompanied by a series of inspiring talks exploring the pivotal role that water has in its purer landscape form:  rivers.  A group of expert speakers will be sharing their experiences in dealing with rivers in various design fields and disciplines at The River Is Everywhere event.

Robert Barker of Baca will be discussing the practice’s designs for The Deal Ground in East Norwich, recently granted planning permission.  The Baca-led consortium of designers had to consider the site’s numerous constraints, not least the issues of flood-risk, ecology and access.  He will joined by Jenny Mant of The River Restoration Centre, Eoghan Sheils of SheilsFlynn and Richard Haine of Frog Environmental.

Following the seminar, Eoghan Sheils will guide a walk along the River Wensum.  If you would like to attend the event, please follow the link HERE to book tickets.

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Talking The Thames – GST 2015 Event

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A big thank you to everyone who attended Baca’s Green Sky Thinking 2015 event , Treasuring/Taming the Thames, hosted by the Creekside Educational Centre in Deptford. The themes for this year’s Open City Green Sky Thinking Week, Green Infrastructure, Social Sustainability and Intelligent Design, saw a number of interesting topics explained.

Richard Coutts and Robert Barker expounded on Baca’s Amphibious House design and the latest designs for further can-float homes currently in the pipeline.  The proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel was discussed, and Bettina Kabutz of Creekside described the value of the Centre’s work and the local ecology.

Thanks also to RIBA Publishing, who brought along some of their latest titles, along with a preview of the practice’s forthcoming book, Aquatecture.  Group discussions on potential solutions to issues of designing with water in cities were very interesting, as were the views on how the next phase of Creekside’s expansion, in development with Baca, should proceed.  Thanks again to all, and we look forward to next year’s event.

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@ Soar Island (high-tech hub)

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Baca’s submission proposes a high-tech mixed-use and cultural hub @ Soar Island, inspired by the former use – Flour Mills. The ‘mill wheels’ become the modern wheels of industry in this high tech hub and provide form to the pavilions, with a new cafe, a centre for start up businesses and residential flats interspersed into a vibrant waterside island setting.

United by the flows of movement through the site, the holistic strategy for the island builds on existing linkages that weave through the site to create unique settings for a variety of activities that become destinations in their own right.

Water is a key feature, with a waterside plaza, amphitheatre, canal boat moorings, revolving cafe cantilevered over the water and best of all, a innovative ‘horizontal water wheel’ – a unique feature.

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NERC RCUK Water Showcase 2015 Event

NERC - RCUK Watershowcase Event

The National Environment Research Council’s RCUK Water Showcase, ‘Water in Future Cities’, will take place at The Crystal, London on the 30th of June 2015.  The event will bring together policymakers, businesses and researchers to explore five distinctive visions for these cities of the future: Green Food & Garden Cityscapes, Flood-proof Cities, Smart Homes & City Networks, Cities & the Underworld and Community Transition Cities.

Baca Director, Robert Barker, will be running a workshop on Flood-proof cities with Dr. Jim Wharfe, one of the parallel workshops on Business of Water in Cities that will explore possible routes to realise these visions by:

  • Discovering the latest knowledge on infrastructure planning and business models.
  • Finding out about finance and funding available for innovation.
  • Selecting innovative water services or products for national competition.
  • Exploring water interdependencies.

The Research Councils UK-sponsored event will facilitate dialogue and collaborations between researchers and research users in industry, government and third sector.

If you would like to attend the event, please complete the registration by following this link.

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