Sea + Survival is a systems-based project located in the mouth of Langebaan Lagoon, South Africa. The design utilises the dune system’s ability to act as a sponge to combat sea-level rise. The project uses natural systems as a defense, reduces existing ecological and societal pressures in Langebaan, and responds to the cultural histories within the region.
Key contextual points:
The town was subject to two iniquitous periods:Conflicts between colonists and the indigenous Khoekhoe.Apartheid and the removal of the Cape Malay.Sea defense options are challenged by the absence of coastal space.
The design proposal is a land claim in the form of two ecological islands that harness the natural
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