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The dynamics of the ocean, sand and wind – it’s like magic. Obviously, coastal areas are attractive landscapes for human settlement on a global scale. The unbroken natural dynamics of these landscapes, where the sea touches the land, create a unique and vibrant environment. The threat of overpopulation of the dynamic coastal landscapes calls for a reassessment of the standardized, static principles of occupation. Especially because the static urban structures cause frictions with the untamed dynamics of the sea. Because of this friction, protective dune landscapes are constantly under pressure. This urges to use the dynamics of the ocean more efficiently for coastal reinforcement.

Within the project Dune Carcass we investigated how a specially designed wooden structure can be used to artificially grow dunes. The design of the wooden structure builds upon the familiar principle of sand fencing in the dunes. However, the special design responds as much to the unique natural circumstances as to the way the landscape is perceived.

It enables more effective dune growth and stimulates the way the surroundings are experienced, whether for recreation or otherwise. It gives renewed form to the dynamic morphology of the landscape and contributes to coastal protection.  It gives the local inhabitants a tool with which to make the landscape, threatened as it is by erosion and sea-level rise, robust again and prepare it for the future. Within the experiment we were able to grow a dune of 1 meter high and 15 – 20 meters wide within just three months. Dune Carcass helps man and nature to join forces.

Year: 2016
Type: landscape, research
Size: 50 meters
Status: built
In collaboration with Inge Kersten