Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​Baca's retrospective in Dezeen

Baca Architects have been featured in Dezeen as part of their x MINI Living video series. This retrospective explores the “Aquatecture” of Baca Architects, which includes plans for floating houses, villages and even a Grand Prix track.   This article highlights Baca’s interest in research and innovation which has driven the practice to its current position as one of the most innovative architectural practices in the UK.  To watch the video, click on following link https://www.dezeen.com/2017/06/09/video-baca-architects-floating-architecture-homes-movie/                               ​

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​New Role for Baca Director at No. 10

Richard Coutts attended the inaugural meeting of the Floods Advisory Group at N° 10, Downing Street last week, chaired by minster’s Andrew Percy MP, Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse and Dr Therese Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. The National Flood Resilience Review sets out the Government’s commitment to develop and pilot a new model of self-financing investment, which is intended to increase local flood resilience and enhance urban regeneration. The Advisory Group will now establish a framework in order to establish these objectives and will report back to Government over the forthcoming months. Sheffield has been identified as the pilot scheme.                               ​

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​Dover Waterfront Masterplan Win

Dover District Council, in partnership with the Port of Dover and a number of local land and property owners, have appointed Baca Architects, with an expert consultant team, to develop a planning and regeneration framework for the wider Dover Waterfront area. Baca Architects are lead designer for the overall masterplan and are working in collaboration with the Olympic Park design team at LDA, who are leading the route corridor studies. A core objective is to improve the connections and the public realm from Dover Waterfront to the Maison Dieu (Dover Town Hall) and Dover Priory railway station. Part of this strategy will be to propose solutions, which reduce the severance caused by the A20, already being enhanced by the Port Authority with junction and underpass improvements. Together with improving the existing connections, the new proposals will also enhance the connections between Dover’s main historic assets, Dover Castle and the Western Heights. Tim Ingleton, Head of Inward Investment at Dover District Council, stated that: “The vision for this key part of Dover is to create a more welcoming, contemporary image that better connects people and places whilst retaining the distinctiveness for which Dover is world renowned.” Barbara Buczek, Director of Corporate Development at Port of Dover, said: “The Port is committed to delivering Dover Western Docks Revival, that includes an exciting waterfront transformation that will be a catalyst for creating Destination Dover. Ensuring that the local benefits of this major opportunity are maximized through additional masterplanning, to improve connectivity, is a further demonstration of our commitment to deliver for Dover.” The core consultant team comprises WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baca Architects and LDA Design, who are supported by Bilfinger GVA and Currie & Brown. Baca Director, Richard Coutts, said “ This is a great coup for the practice and we have some very exciting strategic and architectural propositions to help re-energize this historic and cultural frontline to Europe”                              ​

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​Baca Architects shortlisted for the 2016 British Homes Awards

Baca Architects is shortlisted for this year’s British Homes Awards. The shortlist was judged by a high-profile jury chaired by Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture. It included AJ editorial director Paul Finch, Jo McCafferty of Levitt Bernstein, BRE chief executive Peter Bonfield and architect Lynne Sullivan. The annual awards, is backed by the Sunday Times. Read more about it here https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/finalists-named-in-british-homes-awards-flood-resistant-house-contest/10009716.fullarticle                             ​

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​Official book launch at Florence Hall, RIBA

Robert Barker and Richard Coutts are hosting an exciting book launch event in the prestigious Florence Hall at the Royal Institute of British Architects on the 9th of February 2016. This will celebrate the completion and publication of their new book ‘Aquatecture: Buildings and cities designed to live and work with water’ and is a chance to say thank you to all of the patrons, supporters and contributors who have been involved over the last 10 years. If for some reason you have not received your invite please e-mail Valentina who will help (vfranconi@baca.uk.com)      ​

Vision Event, London 2-3 June 2015 – Amphibious And Flood-Resilient Homes Workshop

​Waterworld

During the UK’s most recent floods we have been inundated with enquires from news agencies from across Europe asking whether the threat of water can be mitigated. We believe it can, but only through an integrated approach that makes space for water alongside resilience and traditional defences. A home for the flood resilient property showcase has been found at the BRE innovation park. Baca are now working with the BRE and industry experts to deliver this demonstration for the end of 2016. After 2 years of writing and preparation ‘Aquatecture: Buildings and cities designed to live and work with water’ by Baca Directors’ Robert Barker and Richard Coutts (consisting of 50,000 words with over 500 illustrations) has gone to print. The book brings together over 10 years of research by the authors with exciting case studies from around the world. Early reviews have been very positive. “This book will make a fascinating read for all those concerned with planning, architecture, design and engineering… by turning water into an opportunity rather than a risk.” Professor Chris Zevenbergen, UNESCO-IHE “Aquatecture is an exciting contribution to the growing body of literature on how applying water-conscious design allows us not just to live with water, but to thrive with water.’ Elizabeth C. English, University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada  “This book is an important contribution to meeting the challenges that climate change is providing to the built environment as it encourages new developments to be resilient, sustainable and attractive.” Dr Stephen Garvin, Director, BRE Centre for Resilience “Defra wants to see more resilient places, where local people have the ability to reduce, prevent and cope with floods. This book can help professionals in the construction world understand what can be done to help this happen.” Robbie Craig, Defra Policy Official Please follow links to our book and recent news http://www.ribabookshops.com/item/aquatecture-buildings-and-cities-designed-to-live-and-work-with-water/81927/ Water Lane, a recently complete elevated house in Oxfordshire:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVF65N_PqvU    ​

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