Amphibious living

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Hans Venhuizen
NAi Uitgevers, 2000 - Architecture - 319 pages
Amphibious living means living on, in, close to and most especially with, water. Amphibious living is about more than just floating dwellings; it encompasses all the possible ways in which architecture, and especially physical and spatial planning, can deal with wet environments. The book Amphibious Livinggrew out of a design competition that has generated a plethora of new ideas, at many different levels, in presenting wetlands or marshy areas as a challenge for construction and planning. This publication shows the work of the competition winners, and serves as a source book, in text and image, of methodologies that would make the most of environmental qualities, ground conditions, and technology. It also presents various concrete solutions that are being applied in a range of provincial locations, and provides a broader perspective on amphibious construction and planning. Hans Venhuizen analyzes the topic's main themes, Paul Meurs writes about the history of amphibious living, and Bart Lootsma examines the culture of physical and spatial planning under these conditions.

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