Sand Engine Reinforces Dutch Coastline

Van Mensvoort
February 22nd 2012

Now here is an hands-on example of 'guided growth' as a way to steer complex systems.

Part of the Dutch coastline is currently being reinforced by creating a 'sand engine'. This involves depositing 21.5 million cubic meters of sand in the shape of a hook extending from the coast near Ter Heijde. The sand is expected to be spread along the provincial coastline by the natural motion of wind, waves and currents. Ultimately the coast is expected to be broader and safer.

Website: Sandengine.nl Thanks to Premsela.org

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cruz
Posted 22/02/2012 – 17:59

Beautiful project. Building with nature sounds great.

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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