When Houses Float Instead of Flood
In light of another record year of flooding in Ontario, Dr. Elizabeth English joins Nam Kiwanuka on The Agenda with Steve Palkin to discuss her work providing homes that will float instead of flood.
Vulnerable in Vietnam
A short video detailing the Buoyant Foundation Project’s retrofit work in the Mekong River delta, Vietnam, as a supplementary system to the vernacular practice of elevating houses on stilts. The buoyant retrofits provide flood resilience to the physical architecture and the possessions of these individuals, and protection from possible catastrophic and traumatic disruptions to the localized culture and economy of these communities.
Animation of the Amphibious Retrofitted House in Charleston
The following is an animation showing the assembly of a buoyant foundation retrofit for a typical Freedman’s Cottage.
Animation of the Amphibious Retrofitted Farnsworth House
The following is the animation that shows a refined system that would be used to retrofit the Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Animation of an Amphibious Retrofitted House in An Giang, Vietnam
An animation showcasing the assembly of the various elements of a buoyant foundation projected for installation on a typical house in An Giang, Viet Nam.
BFB BCP Interview Video 07nov2017
An interview recorded for COP23.
Princeville Primitive Baptist Church Animation
An animation showcasing the assembly of the various elements of a buoyant foundation projected for installation on Princeville Primitive Baptist Church.
Buoyant Foundation Webinar (July 2016)
Buoyant Foundation Assembly Animation
An animation showcasing the assembly of the various elements of a buoyant foundation.
Imagine affordable houses that sit on the ground when it’s dry, float in the event of a flood, and come right back down to where they were before when the water recedes. That’s Elizabeth English’s vision. The University of Waterloo architecture professor has designed an easy and cheap way to make the existing “shotgun” houses of Louisiana amphibious, so they will survive another Hurricane Katrina. She is now applying her research to homes in other flood-prone areas.
The Buoyant Foundation Project Movie
A short film of tv news broadcasts and summary of the buoyant foundation project.
Louisiana Fishermen Pioneer Floating Architecture
The fishing community on Old River in Louisiana is in a flood-prone area. In order to maintain their homes, many of the residents have mobilized to devise an innovative solution: turning their homes into floating rafts. Also known as “amphibious,” the houses usually stay grounded, but float when the water rises.
Three Houses Animation
The following is an animation of 3 typical ‘shotgun’ style houses in Louisiana. The first is a typical house without any flood protection, the second is a house that has been fixed at an elevated position of 12 feet and the last is a house where buoyant foundations have been implemented.