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Projects


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FLOATING
HOPE

2014
The native American Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Band of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, is rapidly losing their low-lying traditional homeland as sea level rises and land subsides due to extensive sub-surface oil and gas extraction. Cultural ties to the land and a lack of resources to relocate as a community leave the remaining band members vulnerable to an ever-growing risk of flooding.

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CASA ANFIBIA
2014
Nicaragua is undergoing multiple crises, both social and environmental. Low-income communities in flood-hazard areas of Tipitapa, Nicaragua are threatened by repetitive flood cycles. Attempts have been made by the government to relocate evacuees from vulnerable areas, but they persist in returning to their place of origin despite the risk. Our solution implements flood-resilient housing using the approach of amphibious construction, allowing them to live there safely without the economic disadvantage of repetitive rebuilding.

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'PHIBIOUS FARNSWORTH
2014
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architectecture, is an aesthetic orchestra of simplicity, transparency, and integration with its unique landscape. Despite being originally designed in accordance with the projected 100-year flood depth, in recent years the Farnsworth House increasingly suffered from floodwater damage from the adjacent Fox River. It is in dire need of a flood-proofing solution that does not lessen its iconic appearance in any way.

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THE BUOYANT FOUNDATION PROJECT
2010
Amphibious construction is an adaptive flood risk reduction strategy that works in synchrony with natural cycles of flooding to reduce the hazard vulnerability of flood-prone regions and increase their long-term disaster resilience.

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Articles


RECENT PUBLICATIONS BY ELIZABETH ENGLISH RELATED TO THE BUOYANT FOUNDATION PROJECT


AMPHIBIOUS ARCHITECTURE: AN INNOVATIVE STRATEGY FOR FLOOD RESILIENT HOUSING

2014
HazNet (Newsletter of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network), vol. 6, no. 1

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AMPHIBIOUS ARCHITECTURE: A STRATEGY FOR FLOOD RESILIENT HOUSING

2014
Splash Pad (Newsletter of the Water Institute, University of Waterloo), vol. 4, no. 2

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AMPHIBIOUS FOUNDATIONS AND THE BUOYANT FOUNDATION PROJECT: INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR FLOOD-RESILIENT HOUSING
2009
Road Map Towards a Flood Resilient Urban Environment: International Conference on Urban Flood Management, 2009 (i-viii)
ICUFM, Paris
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Competitions


RECENT COMPETITION ENTRIES RELATED TO THE BUOYANT FOUNDATION PROJECT


THE BUOYANT FOUNDATION PROJECT
January, 2015
Solution Search: Reducing Our Risk
Contributors: Elizabeth English, Benjamin van Nostrand, Zach Ropel-Morski

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FLOATING HOPE: PRESERVING AN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY
March, 2014
4th International HOLCIM Awards for Sustainable Construction
Contributors: Elizabeth English, Steven Chodoriwsky, Mark Tam, Jaliya Fonseka, Karan Manchanda, Amal Dirie, Kevin Park

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CASA ANFIBIA
March, 2014
4th International HOLCIM Awards for Sustainable Construction
Contributors: Elizabeth English, Steven Chodoriwsky, Mark Tam, Jaliya Fonseka, Karan Manchanda, Amal Dirie, Kevin Park

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'PHIBIOUS FARNSWORTH
March, 2014
Architizer A+ Awards
Finalist in the Architecture + Self Initiated Projects Category
Honorable Mention in the Architecture + Historic Preservation Category
Contributors: Elizabeth English, Steven Chodoriwsky, Mark Tam, Jaliya Fonseka, Karan Manchanda, Amal Dirie, Kevin Park

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CANAMPHIBIA
August, 2013
ONE Prize: Stormproof: International Design Competition for Building Resilient Cities
Top 20 Competition Finalist
Contributers: Elizabeth English, Katrina Malinski, Ryan Pagliaro, Victor Zagabe, Tak Yi Leung

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elevARCa
August, 2013
ONE Prize: Stormproof: International Design Competition for Building Resilient Cities
Contributors: Daniel Abad, Celia He, Elizabeth English

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This House is Amphibious
July, 2013

3C (Comprehensive Coastal Communities)
Competition Finalist
Contributors: Katrina Malinski, Elizabeth English

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RISING House
June, 2010

US Green Building Council: Natural Talent Design Competition
First Place in Student Division of the Greater New York Region
Contributors: Elizabeth English, Emily Balaban, Emily Clark, Jaliya Fonseka, Alicia Hu, Laura Langridge, Rebecca Lai, Laura Pellow, David McMurchy

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Presentations


PRESENTATIONS RELATED TO THE BUOYANT FOUNDATION PROJECT


AMPHIBIOUS VS PERMANENT STATIC ELEVATION HOUSING
A comparison of amphibious buildings to the traditional strategy of static elevation.

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STUDENT PROPOSAL FOR MULTISTOREY APPLICATION

Alternative Flood Protection Concept

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Theses


RECENT GRADUATE WORK CONNECTED TO THE BUOYANT FOUNDATION PROJECT


WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS FAST
2011
Andrea Barei

Composed as a series of explorations into the physical and spiritual form of the flood prone First Nations community of Kashechewan, this thesis explores the factors that have contributed to the community’s decline and current state. By looking at how these factors influence built form, the principles, possibilities, and concepts that are latent within it are used to re-establish ways in which the people can view, value, and act upon the land to create lasting change.

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THE LIFT HOUSE
2011
Prithula Prosun

Bangladesh is known for two things: poverty and floods. The LIFT (Low Income Flood-proof Technology) House is an affordable, flood-resilient housing solution for the low income families of Dhaka. The LIFT house consists of two amphibious structures that are capable of adapting to rising water levels. The amphibious structures float up on buoyant foundations during floods, and return to ground level when water recedes. It is a sustainable, environmentally friendly house that provides all basic services to its residents without connection to the city service systems, through the use of indigenous materials and local skills. 

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THE BUOYANT FOUNDATION PROJECT
2010
Elizabeth Fenuta

This is a research-based thesis builds upon a study conducted with Dr. Elizabeth English on the Buoyant Foundation Project (BFP). The BFP is currently developing an amphibious foundation system to retrofit vernacular wooden ‘shotgun’ houses in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. The BFP system will allow homes to float when flooding occurs, rising and descending vertically to avoid flood damage. It provides an alternative solution to permanent static elevation, the mitigation strategy currently recommended by the United States federal government.

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Building Resilience Workshop


The Building Resilience Workshop convenes diverse stakeholders to engage in addressing natural and man-made hazards affecting coastal communities. Since 2010, the mission of the annual Building Resilience Workshop has been to identify and promote the implementation of innovative and sustainable strategies that strengthen resilience in south Louisiana and around the world.