Oysters as an agent of urban change – thought provoking TED talk

Landscape Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean — thus driving even more innovation in “oyster-tecture.” Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.

While some of the extreme aspects of her ideas have practicality issues that would make many shellfish biologists cringe, the underlying concept is sound. And if you don’t believe the potential for oysters in landscapes such as this, I recommend reading the BIG OYSTER by Martin Kurlansky.

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One Response to “Oysters as an agent of urban change – thought provoking TED talk”

  1. Frank Copley Says:

    WOW! does Kate Orff get one thinking?
    I was born on Vancouver Island, and now live in Deep Bay, about 3 minutes from the Shellfish Research Center. I am really enthusiastic about the whole project, and look forward to seeing its future developments.
    Frank


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