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The loss of protective mangrove forests and wetlands is progressively exposing conventional civil coastline structures of all scales and types to damage and catastrophic failure from extreme weather conditions and major tsunami wave impact. The exploration incorporates mangrove forest characteristics, such as complex interwoven structural networks and root and branch geometries, in order to inform a mangrove-like landscape as the initial substrate to ecosystem regeneration and urban development.

The Tropical Coastal Remediation (TCR) Framework is developing radically different coastal structures which would allow for a range of native biological systems to coexist with large-scale development within a constructed landscape. Mangrove forests are unique tropical and subtropical intertidal habitats that are highly adapted to the environment, responsible for filtration of agricultural and urban runoff, and essential to biodiversity that is linked to a complex network of land and marine ecosystems. 

How can the interwoven ecosystems of mangroves inform our design and construction processes?

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Image: Mangroves from the Sky

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NYSERDA, NYSTAR

Keith Van de Riet, Anna Dyson, Paul Mankiewicz, John Gowdy, Jason Vollen, Mourad Zeghal, Ed Proffit, Clay Montague.

Industry: Buro Happold

How can the interwoven ecosystems of mangroves inform our design and construction processes?