Amphibious Building Design and Construction

Amphibious Building Design and Construction

By: Chris Zevenbergen (author), Elizabeth English (author)Hardback

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Amphibious Buildings refers to buildings that rest on the ground in normal conditions and rise with floodwater. This is an emerging area of building in a time that many cities are dealing with an increasing amount of floodwater, and often also with a lack of space for urban development. In this unique work, the principles of amphibious construction are explained through the concepts of design. It includes an extensive coverage of building construction practice and techniques, representing both vernacular and contempary developments. This book is a useful reference for architects, building owners, building managers and operators, contractors, and others in the building industry who want to learn more about the building design and construction of amphibious buildings. Its universal approach will inspire readers from various places around the globe to adapt the concept to their local conditions.

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About Author

Chris Zevenbergen is Professor of Flood Resilience of Urban Sytems at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, Director of the Flood Resilient Group in collaboration with Delft University of Technology and Managing Director of Business Development at DuraVermeer Group, The Netherlands. Dr. Zevebergen has Masters degree in Ecology from the Agricultural University Wageningen and a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering from the University Utrecht. He worked as a researcher on various environmental issues related to the building industry, such as environmental impact assessments, product development, emission modelling, testing procedures, building codes and guidelines in the 1980s followed by 10 years research and consultancy in environmental engineering and water management. He has a strong affinity with the ecological, socio-economic, institutional aspects of urban planning and water management. He is member of the board of the Dutch Living with Water programme and the Netherlands Water Partnership, member of the Japanese-Dutch platform on Water Management and chairman of the EU COST action C22 on Urban Flood Management.


1. Living with water; 2. Concepts, typologies and designs; 3. The building site; 4. Foundation and buoyant systems; 5. Vertical guidance systems; 6. Water and electrical systems; 7. Construction theory and practice; 8. Challenges to implementation; 9. Projects; 10. Vernacular architecture

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/07/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780415621212
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 350
  • ID: 9780415621212
  • ISBN10: 0415621216

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