Restorative Reefs: Preserving the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Coral Reefs through Recreational Opportunities and Public Education
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In my thesis I will be going over ways in which as a landscape architect we may develop a solution to the destruction of our oceans. I will be diving deeper in the way we could design a way to help rebuild coral reefs help manage the amount of run off that enters the ocean, providing a learning opportunity that could be in the forms of a boardwalk system along with a snorkeling and diving excursion. In doing so I will have to research the eff ects people have on marine life, what types of run off are most harmful to coral reefs and marine life, along with what types of planting could help clean up the run off and how to turn a living ecosystem into a learning experience. The project typology is waterfront and also ecological design and restoration. The major project elements would be the coral reef restoration either saving an existing reef or helping to rebuild some already destroyed reef and rebalancing the ecosystem. Also providing a learning and cleaning aspect to the water so that no more damage is done to the reef. The client or users would be any one who enjoys being around the ocean, anyone who is interested in marine life, and who ever uses the ocean as a resource weather that for food, income, play or inspiration. The site at this point has still yet to be determined. The project emphases is really on helping to clean and protect our oceans because they are such a major part of this world and if we keep destroying them we won’t be able to survive with out them.