Retaining walls are always going to be around but urbanite for gabion retaining walls are experiencing a comeback today as a green alternative that utilizes Urbanite -crushed recycled concrete and other waste material instead of rock for retaining walls. Retaining walls and Gabion walls date back thousands of years as a system of wall building. It is fundamentally a “cage” constructed with wire mesh or chain link fencing. The beauty of it is that it can be built by almost anyone and requires no special masonry or skilled labor. It can then be filled with rock taken from the site or Urbanite ( recycled concrete).
Unlike block or concrete, which is a solid structure, a gabion retaining wall can move with the earth to retain its integrity despite the ravages of fast moving water. These are far less prone to undermining, and widely used in bank and shore protection.
Originally cages were made of woven willow wattle, which is more like a giant basket. These were created in ancient military situations up to the Civil War where field structures were required to protect soldiers or artillery.