Flooding Research

Making space for Water

As first the motorcar transformed 20th century town planning, so it will be water shapes our communities in the 21st century. Baca is internationally recognised for innovation in flood-resilient and adaptable architecture and spatial-planning. Their work demonstrates the leading role that architecture can play in addressing these crucial issues.



As leading specialists Baca have combined their research into water-related architecture into an overarching thesis and new architectural typology called Aquatecture. Baca have presented their research around the world from the World Water Forum in Mexico City, to the Netherlands, Paris, Jakarta and New Orleans.

Aquatecture is a water-centric approach to design in which flood-risk management, development pressure and adaptation to climate change are simultaneously reconciled to allow buildings and cities to live and work with water.


The new book by Baca Architects explores how to design in flood-risk areas and how water can be used to enhance architecture and design.


Can Project

An holistic design initiative to climate adaptive domestic buildings in flood prone areas developed by Baca.

World Flood Handbook

Baca Architects in collaboration with GHK, University of Wolverhampton were commissioned by the World Bank to produce a Global Handbook on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management.


Blue Infrastructure Toolkit

Baca designed & developed the Blue Infrastructure toolkit, which constitutes one of the three main outputs of Suttons Climate Adaptation Action Plan.

Life Project

The LifE project is the first project to integrate making space for water with zero carbon development and the principles of living with water.