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SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan

SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan
SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan, © SCAPE
© SCAPE

"Don't fight forces, use them." - R. Buckminster Fuller

SCAPE’s comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project, Living Breakwaters has been announced as winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge, “socially responsible design’s highest award.” Announced by the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), the proposal was selected over seven shortlisted humanitarian initiatives and will receive a $100,000 prize for their innovative solution to solve one of humanity’s most pressing problems. 

"Living Breakwaters is about dissipating and working with natural energy rather than fighting it. It is on the one hand an engineering and infrastructure-related intervention, but it also has a unique biological function as well. The project team understand that you cannot keep back coastal flooding in the context of climate change, but what you can do is ameliorate the force and impact of 100 and 500 year storm surges to diminish the damage through ecological interventions, while simultaneously catalyzing dialog to nurture future stewards of the built environment," said Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green, a 2014 senior advisor and jury member.

More on Living Breakwaters, after the break.

© SCAPE
© SCAPE

"This year’s Challenge winners deeply know that doing a physical intervention off the coastline would not be enough to create systemic change. Living Breakwaters is a project based in connections—the leadership team brings their deep expertise in technology and ecological science into the social dimension onshore in partnership with the community itself," added Sarah Skenazy, Fuller Challenge Program Manager.

The Living Breakwaters project integrates components ranging from ecologically engineered "Oyster-tecture," to transformational education around coastal resiliency and the restoration of livelihoods traditional to the community of Tottenville in Staten Island, while also spurring systemic change in regulatory pathways at the State level.

Kate Orff of SCAPE said, "We are so honored to be the 2014 Fuller Challenge recipient - Fuller was optimistic about the future of humanity and deeply believed in cooperation as the way forward. As climate change impacts threaten shoreline populations, Living Breakwaters hopefully represents a paradigm shift in how we collectively address climate risks, by focusing on regenerating waterfront communities and social systems, and enhancing threatened ecosystems." SCAPE Associate Gena Wirth added, "The project embraces people as a critical participant in a healthy urban ecosystem, and uses the regenerative power of ecology to reduce risk and grow a layered, resilient shoreline."

© SCAPE
© SCAPE

Orff will accept the prestigious Fuller Challenge prize and a $100,000 cash award on behalf of the SCAPE team at a celebration at The Wythe in Brooklyn, New York on November 20, 2014.

To join The Buckminster Fuller Institute in their celebration of the 2014 Fuller Challenge and the entire field of whole systems design, you can request to receive an invitation to the November 20th event here.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "SCAPE Wins 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge with Climate Change Adaptation Plan" 24 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/561119/scape-wins-2014-buckminster-fuller-challenge-with-climate-change-adaptation-plan/> ISSN 0719-8884