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FLOATING
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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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