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Reinforced mangrove protective infrastructure

This project addresses a strategy to strengthen mangrove forests along coastlines to reinforce the natural protection of the coastal communities against the threat of tsunamis. This issue with global relevance is taken up with Miami as a case study.

The project shows the high capacity of the plant structure to break down the wave’s energy in comparison to vertical walls. 

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Shoring-up research on mangroves
“Next Generation” top prize for natural protection against tsunamis
“Simple yet powerful intervention with global relevance” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2011 for Region North America
Project Details
Miami, USA
Keith Van de Riet
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Keith Van de Riet
Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), USA
"Next Generation" 1st prize 2011
North America
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