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"We're at the start of the Climate Decade.

The Ideas in this book are exactly what we should be doing to adapt." 

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


This RIBA publication equips homeowners, designers and professionals 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 Dr 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 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

Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building & Community Design

  • Publisher : RIBA Publishing; 1st edition (2 Jan. 2020)

    Language : English

    Hardcover : 344 pages

    ISBN-10 : 1859467342

    ISBN-13 : 978-1859467343

    Dimensions : 19.3 x 2.79 x 26.42 cm

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