Library book of the month – June 2016

Each month the ICE Library team selects a title from our ever-growing collection to feature as ‘book of the month’. We focus on the future of our cities as this quarter’s theme, this month’s book touches on this subject.

Book of the month: Aquatecture
Book of the month: Aquatecture

Title: Aquatecture – Buildings and cities designed to live and work with water
Author: Barker, R. & Coutts, R.
Year: 2016

Why should you read this book?

This book is an interesting take on combining the two issues of water and architecture. Starting with a historical overview of our changing relationship with water, it moves on to what the future could look like.

Who should read this book?

The book is intended as a reference tool for architects, urban designers, planners and sustainability experts, but also makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the subject. It is clearly structured, combining case studies with technical information, showcasing a wide range of different approaches from beautiful amphibious buildings, to new and innovative ways of capturing and storing water, integrating it into our urban landscapes and keeping us protected from flooding.


The book is available to borrow from the ICE Library. You can request it online through the library catalogue, contact us on +44 (0)20 7665 2254 or email

Also recommended

We suggest the following books as recommended reading which covers the above theme.

CAMPBELL, T. Beyond smart cities: how cities network, learn, and innovate. London: Earthscan, 2012

DAMERI, R. P. Smart city: how to create public and economic value with high technology in urban space. E-Book. Switzerland: Springer, 2014

DEAKIN, M. Smart cities: governing, modelling and analysing the transition. Abingdon: Routledge; Taylor & Francis Group, 2014

NAVARATNARAJAH, K. Engineering towards a resilient world - managing client expectations. London: IStructe, 2016

STIMMEL, C. L. Building smart cities: analytics, ICT, and design thinking. Boca Raton: CRC Press, An Auerbach Book, 2016

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