Best ideas for flood prevention through good design shortlisted in international competition

Bright ideas on how to use good design to prevent flooding are presented in eight films shortlisted in an international competition.

 Noel Farrer
Noel Farrer

The videos show ideas including an app to record live flooding and environmental issues, a water sensitive vision of the island Noirmoutier in France in 2080, a proposal to reconnect the Porter Brook River in Sheffield and a simple ten point plan of action to prevent flooding.

The shortlist includes entrants from India, France and the UK, practicing architects, landscape architects and students. All eight shortlisted films are available to watch on YouTube.

The competition is organised by six professional bodies, including the Landscape Institute, who are all members of the Inter Institutional Flooding Group (IIFG) and London’s The Building Centre and sponsored by ACO.

The judges wanted to see evidence of improved resilience to flooding, enhanced ecosystems, reduced demand on the mains water supply, and to provoke debate around current thinking on how to tackle flooding.

The winner will be announced at sustainable design and construction exhibition Ecobuild, at ExCel London in the Royal Docks, on 3 March.

Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer said: "The UK desperately needs a fully integrated approach to flooding, water supply and land use management.

"The shortlisted films demonstrate in a really vibrant and dynamic way what could be possible if we adopted a mixed green, grey and blue approach. There’s a lot of energy being directed at the politics of flooding and who pays for what. 

"What we really need is the people in power to watch these film for fresh insight on how to solve the on-going problem of flooding."

ACO works on the design, development and implementation of sustainable surface water management systems. Brand development director Peter Ridgway said the "high number of submissions of remarkable quality and ingenuity" was a massive encouragement to those working in the sector.

"The innovative and fresh thinking involved in the ideas submitted suggests we are going to see much more sustainable management of water in our built environment over the coming years."

The shortlisted films are:

Water Boulevards
Baharash Architecture

Living with the Sea
Anaïs Chanon

Flooding – a bigger picture
Deepthi C B & Hina Bajaj

I-ngress: working together to alleviate flooding

Underground Taming of Floods for Irrigation (UTFI)
International Water Management Institute

Transition to a Coastal Landscape: designing a flood resilient coastal settlement in Par Dock, Cornwall
Edward Barsley, University of Cambridge

Celebrating Water in the City: an integrated strategy for flood alleviation along the Porter Brook
Sarah Barker & Lizzie Griffin, University of Sheffield

How to Prevent Flooding: an instructional ideas film
Room 60

The judging panel was:

David Balmforth – President, ICE
Robert Barker – Director, Baca Architects
Martin Fairley – Research Director, ACO
Terry Fuller – Director of Operations, Jacobs
Tony Mulhall - Associate Director Land Professional Group, RICS
Stuart Ryder – Director, Ryder Landscape Consultants



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