Need to solve a problem caused by modern technology? Look to the most organic solution. That’s what the architects at Scape Studios thought, and that idea lead them to embark on a bold venture dubbed ‘Oyster-tecture’ that promises to use oysters in the waters of New York to combat the pollution that is overtaking the city’s water.
The architects plan to construct an oyster reef and park in the mouth of the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. The reef would be constructed from woven and piled “fuzzy rope” that would accumulate algae and oysters in a growing three dimensional environment that would naturally filter toxins from the waters. According to Scape’s website, they have high hopes for the biological effects of the installation.
“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 neighbourhood fabrics that welcome the water to develop further inland,”
Oysters certainly have abundant filtering potential. A single oyster can remove the toxins from 50 gallons of water in one day. Check out this video report on the project by the Associated Press for more information, or visit Scape’s website.