UBC Graduate Research

The Architecture of Aquaculture Hanson, Micaelee


Modern methods of food production have accelerated climate change, but can sustainable practices aid in reversing it? The Architecture of Aquaculture seeks to explore the restorative effects of seaweed aquaculture through an adaptive reuse of British Columbia’s controversial salmon farms. The Architecture of Aquaculture examines the role seaweed aquaculture can play in mediating climate challenges through the development of a new building typology that utilizes program and built form to articulate the relationship between humans, the built environment, and nature. The following chapters emphasize seaweed’s importance along British Columbia’s West Coast, and the positive environmental effects it can have on the land, sky and, sea. The final design proposes an adaptive reuse of 19 salmon farms within British Columbia’s Discovery Islands and Powell River.

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