James Davidson was awarded one of the country’s most prestigious fellowships by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust for 2012. He aims to investigate ‘best practice’ flood resilient design principles for mass produced affordable housing in a range of different contexts that over the last decade have developed new design and construction methods in response to a devastating flood event. In travelling to New Orleans (U.S.A.), Maasbommel (Netherlands) and Yorkshire in the U.K., James will audit completed building designs and interview local architects who have designed flood housing. Additionally, he will also interview local Government officials in each location in order to understand the refinements that were made to local planning laws to cater for changes in building typologies as a result of flooding. The devastation from the floods that hit southeast Queensland in January 2011 provide the background for this study with the objective being to return to Australia with valuable lessons in contributing to better and more resilient housing design in our local context. The findings from this study will be used to inform architects and others involved in the design and planning of Australia’s built environment.
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