Reviving New York's rivers -- with oysters!
Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change
About this talk
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.
Why you should listen to her
She is principal of SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design ofﬁce with projects ranging from a 1,000-square-foot pocket park in Brooklyn to a 100-acre environmental center in Greenville, SC, to a 1000-acre landﬁll regeneration project in Dublin, Ireland.
"Perhaps the snazziest proposal is also the oddest, calling for oyster beds in the Gowanus Canal. The oyster reefs, as imagined by Kate Orff, would ease the impact of storms and filter pollution in the water. Orff’s fantastical future also includes a flupsy (for “flowing upweller system”) parade of oyster-filled boats along the Gowanus."
Samantha Henig, “Earl Versus the Oysters,” New Yorker, Sept. 2, 2010