Date of Submission

Spring 5-4-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Primary Advisor

Pegah Zamani, Ph.D.

Secondary Advisor

Ermal Shpuza, Ph.D.


Today the question of coastal erosion and the devastation that it brings is no longer a matter of if, but when.

This project aims at developing an adaptive approach towards design in attempt to develop a new coastal typology that adapts to the dynamic condition of coastal erosion, and addresses future projections of sea level rise. The proposal will be applied in Fuveme in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa, which is presently on the verge of being wiped out entirely due to a vastly reseeding shoreline. The thesis will center on elements such as the environment, ecology, society, and economy as the fundamental criteria of an adaptive design, and further look at the natural structure of the mangrove tree and develop a bio-mimicry approach towards design. This proposed typology not only adapts to the conditions of the changing climate, but allows for a new way of envisioning our coast lines in developing countries.

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