MoMA Rising Currents Exhibition, 2010
We propose to nurture an active oyster culture that engages issues of water quality, rising tides, and community based development around Brooklyn's Red Hook and Gowanus Canal. An armature for the growth of native oysters and marine life is designed for the shallow waters of the Bay Ridge Flats just south of Red Hook. This living reef is constructed from a field of piles and a woven web of "fuzzy rope" that supports oyster and mussel growth and builds a rich three-dimensional landscape mosaic. A watery regional park for the New York Harbor emerges that prefigures the city's return to the waterfront in the next century. The reef attenuates waves and cleans millions of gallons of Harbor water through harnessing the biotic processes of oysters, mussels and eelgrass, and enables neighborhood fabrics that welcome the water to develop further inland.
This project represents a vision for the future of the harbor. A small pilot project is is currently in development for the Gowanus Bay that will host new forms of marine habitat, with a focus on mussels.
Reviving New York's rivers -- with oysters!
Kate Orff @ TED
See For Yourself! Oyster-tecture Mystery Revealed
MoMA Rising Currents team leader interview video - Kate Orff