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’s, In 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.