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Los Angeles architecture firm Morphosis in combination with graduate students from UCLA have unveiled a brilliant solution to the problem of flooding - a house designed to rise with high waters.

Los Angeles architecture firm Morphosis in combination with graduate students from UCLA have unveiled a brilliant solution to the problem of flooding – a house designed to rise with high waters. The aptly named Float House has been developed over the last two years as part of the Make It Right foundation’s mission to rebuild New Orleans with homes that are affordable, sustainable and storm-resistant.

The prefab units benefit from a straightforward approach – appearing to take their aesthetic inspiration from the “shotgun shacks” that already line the city’s streets – that can be easily produced on a mass scale for $150,000 each. The Design Observer explains the details of the homes:

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