1 MARITIME HERITAGE
The ideal convergence of land and sea, providing adequate trade and farming to sustain a city. The water being the connecting force in the community and local identity.
2 THE SURGE OF INDUSTRY
Mass growth of cities and the emergence of an industrial takeover of the harbour creates a barrier between the city and its link to blue space.
3 CITIES UNTO THEMSELVES
As growth continues, a greater detachment and remoulding of previous identity emerges through a continued focus on industry and city alone.
4 A CHANGE IN FOCUS
A resurgence of maritime importance is revived and the city turns its focus to the possibilities of the water. City development seeks further connection with the harbour.
THE BALANCING ACT
THE NEXT STEP
How to create public interest in engaging and reinvigorating its own identity within its renewed waters?
1 DE-CONSTRUCTING PUBLIC SPACE
The Public Space takes many forms in the city. What defines it is not a single function, but a diversity of functions that serve the diversity of activities and users of the city.
2 ANALYSING PUBLIC CULTURE
With culture ever-evolving, Public spaces are often a symbol of the city itself. the diverse activities of the city which play out in them, speak of a collective public culture and identity.
RE-IMAGINING THE PUBLIC SPACE
How can we unbox the public space and bring public culture back to the water?
A MODULAR SPACE
A closer look at construction of one module and its operation.
A VERSATILE SPACE
OPPORTUNITIES AND PLUG-INS:
Aqua-farming set / A market set /Terrain Plug-Ins (Planting boxes can be fixed to replicate various terrain options, a bespoke landscape.)
CRAFT YOUR SPACE
INSPIRED BY THE WATER
Imprinting the waves on the underside of the platforms.
INHABITING THE HARBOUR
ISLANDS OF ACTIVITY:
Inspiring interest, curiosity and water activation for both, recreation and aquatic urban farming.
Engages with the water by jetting out into it, while creating a dialogue between city and water.
The boundaries between city and water can be re-defined, merged and reprogrammed to serve as productive, social and environmentally responsive spaces in the city
Links may be established connecting parts of the city that before were separate in a new and innovative way.
A flexible public space designed to stage the diverse activities of the city. Linked to the harbour side it serves as a gateway to engage with the waters in and around the city.
THE SPACE BENEATH THE WAVES
Due to the constant growth of our cities, the demand for both public space and urban farming has increased.
Citizens of this millennia, find themselves having to sacrifice one for the other, in order to make way for communities’ priorities; whether that being the need for a public space to host different activities or the need for an urban farming space to promote local food production.
So, how can the built environment tailor for such demands?
Merging both programs within the confinements of the city would result in both, under-performing crops/space and inefficient yield maximization.
The equivalent of turning agriculture and crops upside down would be aquafarming.
Aquafarming consists of growing, kelp, seaweed, oysters, shellfish, to name a few. These help contribute to the overall growth of coral reefs and re-build the ecosystems that existed before we started to contaminate our harbour waters.
THE CLEAN TEAM
1 A SMALL BIG CONTRIBUTION
These little guys filter out BIG volumes of of water that may be a potential threat to other organisms; such as excess nitrogen, a silent killer that is a by-product of sewage and industrial run-off.
2 40-50 GALLONS A DAY!
A typical market size oyster (3" from the longest dimension) filters about 40-50 gallons of water per DAY!
OUR OYSTER YIELD
1 ONE MODULE OYSTER YIELD
With an average vertical growing distance (water column) of 4 meters:
1 platform (2.5 M x 2.5 m) = 1350 kg yield = roughly 20,000 oysters
1 super structure (9 platforms) = 12,150 kg yield = 180,000 oysters
2 ONE MILLION OYSTERS
With only 5.5 superstructures we get 1,000,000 oysters!!!
ONE MILLION A DAY...
A SMALL BIG CONTRIBUTION
1,000,000 oysters will filter 40 to 50 million gallons a DAY from our harbours, helping to rehabilitate its local ecosystems!
TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE 1 MILLION OYSTERS WILL FILTER 75.7 OLYMPIC SIZE POOLS IN ONE DAY.
1,000,000 A YEAR...
Central Park can take roughly about 4000 Olympic size pools, this means that in one year, ONE MILLION oysters will have cleaned an area 7 times the size of Central Park!
ONE MILLION OYSTERS A YEAR
In one YEAR these little guys will have filtered more than 18 BILLION gallons of water, equivalent to almost 28,000 Olympic size pools!