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“Matter Forms Odyssey”

CANCELLED Bend, Hannes: University of Oregon, Primeau, Robert & Cabral, Robert: University of Michigan

The actual ‘client’ of the less-anthropocentric “Reef ReCreation” project from the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan is a 30 hectares site in the Atlantic Ocean – a polluted, formerly functioning ecosystem and forgotten area. The public awareness about the site emerged through an artistic and activist intervention in 2012. “Reef ReCreation” meshes artistic, architectural, ecological and social perspectives and practices through collaborations between landscape architects, environmental scientists, activists, marine biologists and artists. The aim is to develop models for underwater landscape architectural plans and models for a site subjected to water pollution, rising sea levels and potential flooding. The products of this proposal will be realized in the near future and function as a global prototype for areas with similar problems. The project will link ecology, coastal protection and landscape architecture that increases aquatic biodiversity. Up to 2,000,000 tires cover over 30 hectares of the ocean floor near the coast of South Florida and are polluting the ocean water and destroying natural reefs nearby. In 1972, Broward Artificial Reef Inc. (BARINC) authorized the construction of an enlarged artificial reef as a way to both dispose tires and foster a diverse sea life to also attract tourism. The result has been an unmitigated failure. The project will be divided into two phases which will be presented at the KFM conference. The objective is to restore a historic ecosystem and mitigate environmental impacts to the coastline. Solutions beyond this problem include an offshore absorptive infrastructure encompassing newly built islands generating fishing and recreational grounds, places to wade, swim and learn.

“Reef ReCreation”