“Ingenuity and simplicity in the restoration of sandbanks susceptible to the detrimental effects of climate change” – Holcim Awards Jury

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    Project Entry 2014 Asia Pacific - In-Situ Network: Palm tree branches for coastal protection, Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati

    Material system: structure and performance. Palm branches have an ideal ”spoon” shape which enables a sea current to slow down and deposit sand material in the concave area of the unit. In this way mounds of sand deposit are created, which gradually create a higher coastline. During the process, the palm branch transforms to “geoarmature”, which is able to host aquatic plants, like mangroves.

The jury enjoyed the ingenuity and simplicity of the proposal, an ostensibly common solution for the restoration of sandbanks susceptible to the detrimental effects of climate change – a small-scale solution for a large-scale problem. Commended is the intelligent deployment of parametric design to increase the performance of individual branches when combined into groups or swarms of branches, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Furthermore, what was appreciated were the beautiful drawings showing stunning geometric patterns of branch network assemblies, generated from scientific data.

Last updated: July 18, 2014 Beijing, China