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Palm tree branches for coastal protection

Palm tree branches are used as a simple measure to respond to the imminent threat of coastal erosion due to rising waters and habitat destruction. Inserted into the sand, the spoon-shaped branches constitute an ideal barrier, causing sea currents to slow down and deposit sand material into the concave inner surface of the leaf branch. Sand mounds are thus created which gradually elevate coastline embankments, allowing aquatic plants such as mangroves to grow and secure the beach.

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Intelligent deployment of parametric design
“Sustainability? Creating maximal output with minimal input” – Maj Plemenitas
Acknowledgement prize for coastal protection in Kiribati
“Ingenuity and simplicity in the restoration of sandbanks susceptible to the detrimental effects of climate change” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 for Asia Pacific
Project Details
Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati
Maj Plemenitas
Main Author
Maj Plemenitas
LINKSCALE, United Kingdom
Ana Abram
Further Author
Ana Abram
Amphibious Lab , United Kingdom
Acknowledgement prize 2014
Asia Pacific
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Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Asia Pacific
Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Asia Pacific

Five equally-ranked Acknowledgement prizes were presented for the region Asia Pacific. The prizes winners: Madhusudhan …

“Sustainability? Creating maximal output with minimal input” – Maj Plemenitas
“Sustainability? Creating maximal output with minimal input” – Maj Plemenitas

Maj Plemenitas of LINKscale (United Kingdom) sees the immense impact of the project’s minimal input as its greatest strength. …

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