The mission of the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL) is to organize and lead trans-disciplinary research and design teams to address critical ecological and community development challenges in vulnerable coastal regions, with a concentrated focus on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard.
Too often, coastal research and design is fragmented into discrete scientific, academic, and professional disciplines. The CDDL seeks to transform this compartmentalized approach by coupling designers—architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, and engineers—with scientists and local stakeholders, to create innovative, sustainable, adaptable, and resilient design solutions that address the environmental and human needs of coastal communities.
Coastal environments along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard are vulnerable to challenges from long-term sea level variations and the more acute forces of powerful Atlantic storms. The collaborative project teams at the CDDL seek greater understanding of these dynamic natural forces and human-made environments that shape coastal regions.
The CDDL is operated from within the NC State University College of Design and has formed strategic partnerships with experts in the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Resources, and the UNC Coastal Studies Institute. Additional collaborators include planning experts from the East Carolina University Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, the University of North Carolina Coastal Hazards Center, and numerous professional design firms.