In June 2013, President Barack Obama announced the national competition, Rebuild by Design. Team WXY/West 8 responded with a bold, yet substantiated, approach to coastal protection.
We asked ourselves: "if we had planned and designed our coasts with the dynamic effects of climate change in mind, would there have been a way to deflect storm-driven surges with a set of barrier islands located offshore?“ The results demonstrated potential for saving lives and billions of dollars across the region.
Blue Dunes is a research proposal for a string of barrier islands in response to the challenges of regional coastal resiliency in the northeastern United States.
See the full design booklet online: Blue Dunes
The resulting proposal to create an offshore barrier island chain is called “The Blue Dunes” - blue indicating their position in the open ocean and dunes for the natural landforms they mimic.