The third International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design and Engineering will be held at the Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology in Warsaw, Poland from October 13 to 16, 2019. 

What is Amphibious Architecture?

Amphibious architecture refers to an alternative flood mitigation strategy that allows an otherwise ordinary structure to float on the surface of rising floodwater rather than succumb to inundation. An amphibious foundation retains the building’s connection to the ground by resting firmly on the earth under usual circumstances, yet it allows the building to float as high as necessary when flooding occurs. It is a flood mitigation strategy that works in synchrony with a flood prone region's natural cycles of flooding, rather than attempting to obstruct them.

Amphibious construction may also refer to one of several hybrid conditions. One such is where the weight of a structure is partially supported by both land and water simultaneously. Another situation is where a mechanical system as jacks or hydraulic pumps are used to elevate the structure temporarily. "Wetproofing" is another hybrid strategy, whereby residents occupy the first floor during dry seasons and move to an upper floor during periods of flooding.

Amphibious design also includes the concepts of land use planning, site selection, community resilience issues such as the place of amphibious buildings in multiple-lines-of-defense systems, and policy considerations. Amphibious engineering addresses infrastructure, mechanical systems and utilities issues, system components and selection criteria, and codification and certification concerns.


to bring together practitioners, researchers, authorities, students, NGO’s, communities and investors in the exchange of knowledge and practice on amphibious issues. Architecture, design and engineering are the result of long-lasting social, economic and technological progress and pathways. We need multidisciplinary perspectives on shifting the boundaries of water and land by use of architecture, design and engineering. These perspectives can support the identification of open questions, market potentials, acceptance and engagement, and flood risk mitigation and climate change adaptation.
to overcome the land-water-dichotomy by providing space and time for discussions on the various paths of practice, experience and knowledge. A pier for science to policy, to practice, and vice versa will offer opportunities to include business, health, finance, design, insurance, politics, research and engineering. In the procedural amphibious space, it is crucial to integrate natural, technological and human interactions for a more sustainable stewardship. With shifting perspectives, the conference reflects on shifting boundaries and water-levels.