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How can New York City protect its fragile shores from surges enlarged by another superstorm? Oystertecture, of course. Mounds of oyster shells, says landscape architect Kate Orff, harden and accumulate into sizable reefs over time that would "diffuse the energy of 10-to-15-foot waves." She proposes putting them at the tip of the Rockaway peninsula as part of HUD's Rebuild by Design contest, in which she is a finalist. One of Orff's previous ideas, however, was to use millions of mollusks to clean up the toxic Gowanus Canal, so she's definitely on the bivavle beat. [Bloomberg; previously]