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news.jpgFLOATING HOUSES MAY BE ANSWER TO FLOODS

The next time a hurricane Floods New Orleans, whole neighbourhoods might just bob up like corks as the water rises.

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Screen_Shot_2015-03-02_at_10.23.24_AM.pngPROFESSOR PROPOSES BUOYANT FOUNDATIONS FOR NEW ORLEANS HOMES

Elizabeth English, associate professor at the LSU Hurricane Center, has found a simple and surprisingly affordable way for people to protect their homes against the dangers of flooding in New Orleans. It's based on a concept called buoyant foundations, an idea as simple as making a house float.

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201.jpgLSU PROF RESEARCHES IDEA OF AMPHIBIOUS HOMES

Elizabeth English, associate professor at the Louisiana State niversity Hurricane Center, wants to protect homes against flooding in New Orleans with "buoyant foundations."

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the-new-yorker-logo.gifLETTER FROM NEW ORLEANS, THE LOST YEAR: BEHIND THE FAILURE TO REBUILD

Elizabeth English studies the effects of hurricanes on buildings, at the Hurricane Center of Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge. “You need to think about how architecture helps shape culture,” she said, when I met her at a back-yard dinner party in Baton Rouge. English, who is fifty-two and slight, has the intensity of someone whose career has met its most significant challenge.

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