© Anais Channon

4 March 2015

‘Living with the Sea’, a film by Anaïs Chanon, has been announced as the winner of a competition to find the best idea to tackle flooding using the medium of film. The film proposes a water sensitive vision of the island Noirmoutier in France in the year 2080. Ms Chanon’s idea was developed in 2014 as a direct counter-proposal to the local council’s costly and unsustainable plan to considerably raise the height of dykes around the island of Noirmoutier. It shows how an alternative vision to building more mono-functional hard infrastructures can create resilient and sustainable places.

‘Celebrating Water in the City’, an idea to reconnect the Porter Brook River in Sheffield to alleviate flood risk and provide a unique habitat came in second place. ‘Flooding: a bigger picture’ and ‘How to Prevent Flooding: an instructional ideas’ film were named runners-up.  The films are available to watch on YouTube.

The competition, sponsored by ACO and organised by six professional bodies, all members of the Inter Institutional Flooding Group (IIFG) and The Building Centre, challenged entrants to put forward ambitious proposals to tackle flooding using the medium of film. The judges wanted to see evidence of improved resilience to flooding, enhanced ecosystems, reduced demand on the mains water supply, and to provoke debate around current thinking on how to tackle flooding.

Speaking about the competition Noel Farrer, President of the Landscape Institute said: “This competition has inspired some truly dynamic proposals that demonstrate the value of creating more resilient and sustainable places. It has shown the breadth of expertise available as we search for a fully integrated approach to flooding, water supply and land use management. The next step is to lobby decision makers to watch these films.”

Living with the Sea by Anaïs Chanon

Celebrating Water in the City: an integrated strategy for flood alleviation along the Porter Brook by Sarah Barker & Lizzie Griffin, University of Sheffield

Joint runners-up:
Flooding – a bigger picture by Deepthi C B & Hina Bajaj & How to Prevent Flooding: an instructional ideas film by Room 60

The judging panel was:
David Balmforth – President, ICE
Robert Barker – Director, Baca Architects
Martin Fairley – Research Director, ACO
Terry Fuller – Director of Operations, Jacobs
Tony Mulhall – Associate Director Land Professional Group, RICS
Stuart Ryder – Director, Ryder Landscape Consultants

Further information about the competition and the films is available by visiting http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/events/competitions.php#FloodingFilm