The German Design Council has nominated the “Rhizolith Island” design project for the prestigious German Design Award 2018 due to its “extraordinary design expertise” and “potential to win one of the leading international design prizes.”
“Isla Rhizolith / Rhizolith Island,” is an experimental project based on a concept and prototype designed and developed by Syracuse Architecture assistant professors Roger Hubeli and Julie Larsen (APTUM Architecture), in partnership with the Cemex Research Group (CRG, Switzerland), and floated in the Port of Cartagena in Colombia from September 21-23 as part of a special exhibition. Over recent years, portions of Colombian shorelines have become vulnerable. Urbanized areas have suffered from ongoing flooding brought on by devastating mangrove forest depletion. Rhizolith explores the potential of floating concrete as a means for curtailing the flooding and revitalizing the shoreline areas. Each concrete “island” includes mangrove tree seedlings that, over time, would grow and help to protect the shoreline area from flooding.