a barrier beach transitioned into a highly productive and collectively-managed landscape of shellfish cultivation
Academic project Harvard Graduate School of Design
STU 1211 / Fall 2020
Critic: Danielle Choi
This project envisions a post-coastal retreat scenario at a site on Massachusett's coastline centered around the existing MBTA railroad berm and the city of Revere's barrier beach, which is highly subject to inundation in the next couple of decades.
In this scenario, the barrier beach transitions from urban land use into a highly productive and community-owned landscape of shellfish cultivation. After the unbuilding of the most vulnerable properties due to their inevitable risks sea level rise, a landscape of labor that directly relies on rails, water, and shellfish emerges.
Shellfish aquaculture filters fouled waters and acts as a carbon sink, as shellfish leave behind shells composed of permanently-removed CO2 from the ocean.
The rail corridor acts as a spine for the movement of material and people in situ, as well as regionally in the exchange of processed shellfish, ground up shells as soil fertilizer, and byproducts to restaurants, markets, farmers, and residents.
This collectively-managed shellfish economy, serviced by the coastal rail and abandoned rails that the towns' industries originally grew upon, restores the reliance on the resources of the water and diverse services of the railroad. Simultaneously, the memory of Revere Beach as a cultural hallmark for the community is retained.