Buoyant Foundation Project

The Buoyant Foundation Project provides low-impact flood mitigation strategies for at-risk buildings. Our mission is to empower vulnerable communities through sustainable, and non invasive design.

What is Amphibious Architecture?

Amphibious architecture is a sustainable flood mitigation strategy that allows an ordinary structure to float on the surface of rising floodwater rather than succumb to inundation.  The Buoyant Foundation Project researches amphibious foundation retrofits to create resilience within vulnerable communities.

What is a Buoyant Foundation?

A buoyant foundation is a type of amphibious foundation in which an existing structure is retrofitted to allow it to float as high as nessecary during floods while remaining on the ground in normal conditions. The system consists of three basic elements:  buoyancy blocks underneath the house that provide flotation, vertical guideposts that prevent the house from going anywhere except straight up and down, and a structural sub-frame that ties everything together. Utility lines have either self-sealing ‘breakaway’ connections or long, coiled ‘umbilical’ lines.  Any house that can be elevated can be made amphibious.

Second International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design, and Engineering

The Buoyant Foundation Project sponsored and organized ICAADE 2017, at the University of Waterloo.

First International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design, and Engineering

ICAADE 2015 was held in Bangkok, Thailand from August 26-29, 2015. Visit our archive to see more information about ICAADE 2015