The Practice is pleased to announce that it’s progressive research, the Climate Adaptive Neighbourhood (CAN) Project, has been shortlisted for the 2014 RIBA President’s Medal for Outstanding Practice-located Research. Funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the CAN Project advanced the design of an innovative masterplan for flood-proof housing on a prominent regeneration site in Norwich, East Anglia. A holistic design simultaneously addresses a range of climate issues for East Anglia. Future climate risks were tested using a variety of methods of advanced simulation modeling.
Differing degrees of climate change were examined to adapt the design to current risk; but more importantly to enable a cascade of mitigation measures (selected from a hierarchical series of options) to be easily retrofitted in the future, dependent upon the severity of the climate as and when it changes.
Baca’s LifE (Long-term Initiatives for Flood-risk Environments) project won the President’s Medal for Research in 2009. The 2014 winners will be announced in October, with the awards presented at the RIBA President’s Medals ceremony in December.
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