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Baca Amphibious House ©TimCrocker

Baca Amphibious House

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ABOUT ICAADE 2015

ICAADE 2015 is the very first International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design and Engineering.   Today's cities are facing huge challenges.  They are confronted with increased and uncontrolled urbanization, higher risk of flooding, scarcity of water for industry, households and ecosystems, rising pollution, ground subsidence, and climate change.  These trends will have large consequences for the way we design our cities, neighborhoods and buildings.

 

Recent experiences have shown that amphibious architecture is gaining prominence in catalyzing the transformation of our future urban and rural landscapes to better deal with these challenges.   ICAADE 2015 will provide a forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of research, knowledge and practical experience governing all relevant aspects of this emerging topic.

 

The objective of the conference is to promote interaction among   architects, planners, builders,  researchers,  engineers, and participants from government and industry, representing a broad range of disciplines such as water management, urban and landscape design, hydraulic engineering, social sciences, humanities, building construction, education and health, and experts from such fields as commerce, policy, information systems, and knowledge management.  The conference promises to stimulate thought-provoking debates on amphibious architecture, design and engineering as well as on flood resilience in infrastructure systems and communities affected by flood disasters, and on controversial policy issues.  We will welcome delegates from both developing as well as industrialized countries, and we are keen to attract students. 

 

ICAADE 2015 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 26-29, 2015.  A student design workshop will be held prior to the conference, and several post-conference tour options will be available.

WHAT IS AMPHIBIOUS ARCHITECTURE?

Amphibious architecture refers to an alternative flood mitigation strategy that allows an otherwise-ordinary structure to float on the surface of rising floodwater rather than succumb to inundation. An amphibious foundation retains a home’s connection to the ground by resting firmly on the earth under usual circumstances, yet it allows a house to float as high as necessary when flooding occurs. A buoyancy system beneath the house displaces water to provide flotation as needed, and a vertical guidance system allows the rising and falling house to return to exactly the same place upon descent. Amphibious architecture is a flood mitigation strategy that works in synchrony with a floodprone region’s natural cycles of flooding, rather than attempting to obstruct them.

 

Amphibious construction may also refer to one of several "hybrid" conditions. One such is where the weight of a structure is partially supported by both land and water simultaneously, i.e. where gravity loads are shared by a buoyant substructure and structural elements bearing directly on the solid ground below the water. Another situation is where a mechanical system such as jacks or hydraulic pumps is used to elevate the structure temporarily. A third condition is a "wetproofing" strategy, whereby residents occupy the first floor during dry seasons and move to an upper storey during periods of flooding.

 

Amphibious design also includes the concepts of land use planning, site selection, community resilience issues such as the place of amphibious buildings in multiple-lines-of-defense systems, and policy considerations.

 

Amphibious engineering addresses issues such as infrastructure, mechanical systems and utilities, system components and selection criteria, and codification and certification concerns.

Please visit our ICAADE 2017 website: www.icaade.org

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RECENT UPDATES

8 March 2016

ANNOUNCING ICAADE 2017!

We are excited to announce that ICAADE2017 (the second International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design & Engineering) will be taking place at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada from June 25 to June 28, 2017. Please subscribe to our newsletter for updates and keep an eye out for the ICAADE 2017 website.

29 August 2015

ICAADE2015 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED TODAY!

The first  Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design and Engineering ended today after three days of intense debat and outstanding presentations. The conference has received very positive ratings: 90% of the participants rated the conference as 'excellent' and will attend the next ICAADE conference which will be held in 2017. 

24 August 2015

WELCOME RECEPTION AT GRAND MERCURE BANGKOK FORTUNE

All participants are warmly welcomed to attend ICAADE2015's Welcome Reception, which will be held at the Grand Mercure Bangkok Fortune. The Welcome Reception will start at 18:00 on Wednesday of 26 August. 

20 August 2015

STUDENT DESIGN WORKSHOP HAS STARTED TODAY!

After two lectures the three teams made a tour by boat on the Chao Phraya River to get a feel of Bangkok's relationship with water.

18 August 2015

BOMB EXPLOSION BANGKOK: ICAADE2015 WILL GO ON

A bomb has exploded at a Hindu shrine in central BKK some 15hrs ago. Our heart goes out to those who have been effected.

 

As there has not issued any warning against travel to Bangkok (yet), the conference will go on as planned.

 

9 August 2015

17 DAYS TO EVENT!

As long as space is available at the conference, you can still register  online or upon arrival at the conference venue  For more information

3 AUGUST 2015

CONFERENCE DRAFT SPEAKERS PROGRAM AVAILABLE

The Conference Draft Speakers program is now available. In total ICAADE2015 has scheduled 13 sessions and 59 presentations. For more information .

1 August 2015

STUDENTS FROM 6 NATIONALITIES PARTICIPATE IN STUDENT DESIGN WORKSHOP

Students from six different nationalities will participate in the student design workshop. The workshop will be held from 20 to 25 August 2015. Registration will close on August 5.

3rd July 2015

WELCOME ADDRESS DETAILS ANNOUNCED

The Conference Welcome Address will be made by Arjarn  Prayong, Dean of Arsom Silp, Thailand, and Weeraphan Shiawatra, Dean of School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand.

29 June 2015

We would like to announce the generous sponsorship (business package) of the ICAADE2015 conference by the Siam Cement Group (SCG). More...

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