My Oyster Farm! 迷你牡蛎农场

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  • As a long-history commercial breeding industry, oyster farming culture has developed in Hong Kong for hundreds of years, especially in Lau Fau Shan. However, those traditional farming methods do not have many renovations, leading to fewer people being willing to join this low-income career. Oyster farming culture is struggling on the edge of being abandoned and disappearing due to being ignored and limited budget.

  • Meanwhile, the severe climate-changing change problems are calling more attention to the ocean environment. However, the promotion of participating in environmentally-friendly action has less influence than expected.

  • How to bring the beautiful oyster culture and environmental awareness into people’s life? Teaching in school and posters in the streets might help. But what if experiencing your own little farm and floating in water with family? Dancing with oysters and the sea, probably we can feel their preciousness and beauty at a different level.

What’s the highlighting point of this project for people?

More and more people are concerned about knowing where those foods come from, for an organic and healthy lifestyle—or just simply enjoying experiencing the fun of watching your “baby” growing.

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Farming does not mean a disconnected world from modern city life. This project can bring a simple joy of experiencing nature, and more importantly, provide a relaxing family time floating during the weekend.

How to maintain this facility?

This project is a simply scaled-down structure of a full-scale oyster farming raft, with a shelter attached above. This facility can be managed within the professional farm during the working day while separated in the open-to-family day. Of course, some maintenances will be done by family under professional instruction!

How to make it accessible for families and environmentally friendly?

The construction materials are fishing nets and bamboo, which will be collected and recycled from fishing activity. The structure will be a simply jointed structure and net-work system, which makes it light and cheap as much as possible.

Where to apply this program?

Although this program is aimed to help the Lau Fau Shan community, those activities might not be allowed to be hosted due to its conservation. In fact, this program can be organized in a more commercial and systematic site where a visit, tour, and BBQ can be programmed. Then the income can be appropriately distributed into Lau Fau Shan refreshing.

  • People can learn from this activity, appreciate the beauty of oyster farming, and have a great family weekend. More importantly, this project will not only increase people’s awareness of oyster farming— it will eventually draw more attention to the environmental pollution problem during collecting trash from water and beach and inspire the admiration to the magic of nature.

  • Meanwhile, oyster farming can be benefited from this activity. The income can be contributed to research, renovation and conservation of the oyster industry. The abandoned traditional oyster farm can generally get more interactive and adaptable to modern life.

Research Log

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Questions driving the design process
  1. What is it? What does it do?

A floating facility for farm victor.

  1. What are the questions this work is asking? What new knowledge are you creating?
  2. How are you going to test your assumptions?

Examine the ability of the loading according to some refer.

  1. How to maintain your device?

in the professional farm? just floating or growing with the full-scale

  1. What do you think are the strongest and the weakest points in your project now?

growing structure here. but the ability need to test and the density not satisfying

  1. What construction technique are you using?

3d printing

User, community

  1. Who uses it? Can you draw a particular user? Can you describe to me that user, how they look, your assumption on their backgrounds, abilities, preferences, and what drives them?

a visiting tour for non-experienced people. they come for interest.

Use

  1. What are the benefits users can get from the device?

knowledge and wonderful time

  1. What problems does your design cause?

the disturbing to the full-scale farm

  1. How do you operate and maintain this installation?
  2. How do people get on board?
  3. How much weight can you carry?

2-3 people

  1. How to maximum efficiency and convenience for the user
  2. Are there simpler ways to achieve the objective?
  3. Are there other possible use for clean seawater filtered by oysters?
  4. How long will it be in the water?

full time

Health & Safety

  1. Is it stable? Safe? ship survivability?

  1. Is the device safe and environmental friendly to the ocean

not sure about the pollution of the place

Materials, process, scale

  1. What is the scale and materials? Where and how is it built? Where do the materials come from? Where do the materials go after it’s used/broken?
  2. What materials would you use? Where do you source it? Once used, where does it go?
  3. is it recyclable
  4. How long does the project take to be complete: build, bring on site and board?
  5. How to mass produce the device?

Energy, Waste

  1. Where does the installation get its energy from?
  2. Is it sustainable and how?

Ecology

  1. Is your installation amicable to all marine lives?
  2. How does it work? Especially the biology of it?
  3. Which other species will naturally be attracted to the oyster reef there, such as crabs, fish, mussels, algae and other species?

Geography

  1. Where do you think this installation would be? Choose a very specific site in Hong Kong waters. Why there? Tell me the characteristics of the place: water depth, tide, current, wave, closest port, fauna and flora, people and industries nearby.
  2. Will it be influenced by the weather condition?
  3. Does your device perform differently when in different geographic environments(for instance, near shore, in shallow water, and in distant seawater)?

Money

  1. Is it cost-effective?
  2. Is it possible to be mass-produced?
  3. What is the product / outcome of this installation? Who benefits from it? What is the business model of this?