Water on Paper: Waterfront and Amphibious Architecture in ‘L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui’, 1950s-1970s

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


Building on and living with water has occupied architects and designers for decades. From designing waterfronts, to reimagining lighthouses and developing floating and underwater structures, architects have capitalized on the power of images to produce illustrations and studies of possible futures. These efforts disclose opportunities of different ways of perceiving life on land and water and the spaces between them. This presentation explores the projects featured in the French periodical L’architecture d’aujourd’hui between the 1950s and 1970s.

The set includes a wide variety of projects ranging from graduation theses and realized architectural projects to competition entries and conceptual studies. In doing so, the presentation aims to shed light on and identify historical trends and patterns that shaped water architecture and amphibious designs during the mid-20th century. This was a time period that witnessed significant advancements in architecture and construction technology, as well as progressive attempts to reshape architectural practice to respond to emerging societal and environmental needs.
Period29 May 2024
Event title2024 Floating Habitat Symposium
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • modernism
  • l'architecture d'aujour'hui
  • floating architecture
  • periodicals