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.
1 The Draw of Water 2 Integrated Design with Water (The LifE Approach) 3 Waterspace Planning 4 Neighbourhood scale - ZAC Seine Gare Vitry, Paris 5 Aquatecture 6 Building scale - The Amphibious House, Thames London 7 Water Landscapes 8 Regional scale - Room for the River, Nijmegen Peninsula 9 Water Infrastructure 10 City scale - City of the Future, Shanghai