Networked Urbanism

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Design critics: Belinda Tato and Jose Luis Vallejo, principals of Ecosistema Urbano

Recently, we sent out an email blast to get the word out about our proposal. Recipients included news agencies, state and local government agencies, and environmental organizations. We were encouraged by enthusiastic responses as we continue to make new network connections. This is a fantastic learning process for us, and we’re excited to be part of the close-knit oyster family of Boston.

Here’s the video:

Oyster Gardens for a Healthy Harbor: Rethinking Boston’s Oyster Culture from Kelly Murphy on Vimeo.

Here’s an excerpt of the email blurb:
To many people, Boston is synonymous with shellfish, especially oysters. Most people, however, don’t recognize the magnitude of waste associated with discarded oyster shells once they are consumed. Currently the vast majority are landfilled. Why? Because Boston doesn’t yet have a place for its shells. There are far better places for shells than overflowing landfills – the best being oyster reefs. Oyster reefs are not a new concept for Boston. Reefs were once a naturally occurring part of the underwater landscape, and oysters were a keystone species that filtered our estuaries and maintained our harbor as a rich natural resource area.

How do you use discarded shells to sustain oyster reefs and a re-establish a healthy harbor ecosystem? Through a city-wide oyster gardening program that closes the oyster waste stream, restores native oyster reefs, improves local water quality, and reconnects the people of Boston with their waterfront.

There are a number of successful precedents for oyster gardening programs around the region. We think Boston should be at the forefront of oyster gardening for oyster reef restoration given its rich heritage.

Aquaplot by Jenny Corlett + Kelly Murphy

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