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Imagine the Wall: An Alternative Vision of Coastal Protection

Earlier this year, after assessing Charleston, South Carolina’s vulnerability to storm surge, the Charleston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shared its draft plan to safeguard the city. The plan’s key feature is a 7.8-mile long seawall. In response, a group of inspired designers and engineers created a vision for a different kind of wall, one grounded in the ecology and storied urban fabric of Charleston.

By Keith Bowers, FASLA, PWS, President of Biohabitats, and Scott Parker, FASLA, Co-Founder of DesignWorks

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As part of Biohabitats’ Wednesday at the Watering Hole webinar series, Biohabitats President, Keith Bowers and DesignWorks Co-Founder, Scott Parker presented “Imagine the Wall,” the vision they and other collaborators developed as an alternative to a seawall around Charleston’s perimeter. Biohabitats Conservation Biologist, Jessica Norris, who was also involved in the effort, fielded questions from participants.

We’re happy to share a video of the webinar for anyone who was not able to attend. To learn more, visit the Imagine the Wall website.

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