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RIBA's new book on adapting to climate change by Ed Barsley

Challenge 01 Compendium

This RIBA publication equips homeowners, design professionals and policy makers with a comprehensive understanding of the topic of flood resilience and the practical knowledge to make a difference.

“The issue of flooding is increasingly pertinent,” says author and TEDS Founder Edward Barsley, “This book has been written to help raise awareness of the fundamental causes of flooding, as well as the catastrophic consequences that can ensue. Crucially though, it’s been created to highlight the vast range of different ways in which the built and natural environment can be adapted to reduce the severity of the negative consequences of flooding, and their frequency, so that we don’t just survive but thrive.”


Featuring over 300 original illustrations created by the TEDS, Retrofitting for Flood Resilience is highly visual and accessible to all. It showcases design strategies at the catchment, community, street and building scale, features case studies from around the world, and discusses flood resilience in relation to existing communities as well as the design of new developments. The books includes several of his TEDS award-winning projects: including the Sunday Times ‘Resilient Home’ competition winning ‘Home for All Seasons’ and ‘Shifting Shorelines’ study. This work is showcased alongside and a multitude of exemplar international research studies and projects from around the world. 

“An impressive book. Comprehensive and authoritative, it conveys a wealth of information on the causes and impacts of flooding, with strategies for tackling these at all scales. Illustrated with case studies from around the world, it features clear depictions of design solutions and hundreds of original diagrams that encapsulate points made in the text and act as useful triggers for design and policy thinking.” 

Bill Gething, Professor of Architecture, UWE

"People’s lives are being increasingly disrupted by climate change impacts like floods. Successful communities will be the ones most able to continue to operate through storms or return to business quickly afterwards. This book is a practical guide to improved living during a global crisis."

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency & UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation


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