Kelp! I'm Drowning!

Kelp! I’m Drowning! explores the design of aquaculture in the public realm as a strategy to build resilience to sea level rise. It sets out to discover how the crossing of marine habitats/farms with infrastructure, public places and civic amenities, may serve as a multi-functional landscape providing food, recreation, ecology and waste management. With high levels of heavy metals other contaminates which are constantly distributed into Sydney Harbour, it leaves it no surprise that currently fish or crustacean caught west of the bridge is deemed unsafe to consume. However, 'this project aims to ‘re-problemise’ the deep toxic reality and complex issue of water and soil contamination at our project site. It transforms what is conventionally considered as a site limitation to be a ‘nutritious’ aliment. To cultivate algae and feed an aqua-cultural system and recast the looming rise of sea level as an opportunity to re-generate intertidal habitats. Thus, this project seeks to recover aqua-cultural landscapes as not only a per-formative ecology, enriched by multi-species interdependency, but how said landscapes connect to urbanity; working a public private partnership, allowing the public to observe and participate in aquaculture. To act as both a creative vegetated topographic strategy and a sustainable profitable enterprise, one which is both ornamental and productive.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.