Origami Oyster farming trail | 与蚝同行 | 與蠔同行

Origami Oyster farming trail | 与蚝同行 | 與蠔同行

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What is/are the problem/s your design is addressing?


  • The world is facing the Scarcity on Concrete due to the shortage of sand.
  • Losing attraction to the younger generation farmers?

What question/s is your design investigating?

  • Could we make this industry more attractive to outsiders and a younger generation of farmers?
  • Is there any replacement for concrete in this industry?
  • Could we design a structure that grow with the oyster?

How does your design aim to positively impact the oyster farming community?

More examples:

  • As an architecture student, we noticed that there is a shortage of sand in the industry and send is one of the most important material to create concrete. Turn the research for this project, Concrete is one of the key components being used to cement the oyster onto the string then release to the ocean for farming purposes. If there is a shortage of concrete, there might be impacts on the way of traditional oyster farming. Therefore, I proposed to design a new farming system using origami inspired folding system to generate an alternative method that replace the demand of concrete. This design will both positively impact the oyster farming industry and the environment at the same time.
  • Secondly, Origami Oyster farming trail is investigating how to attract attention from outsiders and younger generation to the industry of oyster farming. According to the research 50% of Hongkongers has access of cycling. There are several beautiful cycling routes in Hong Kong that attracts people's attention such as the New Territories cycle network, Tai Po to Tai Mei Tuk, Nam Sang Wai, Po Kong Village Part etc. Therefore I proposed a oyster farming cycling trail to attract enthusiastic bickers and younger generations to the site and raise awareness on the oyster farming industry.

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Research Log

September 3, 2021


November 19, 2021


Time: Friday, November 19th, 9:00 Location: In the water, Lily pond

Todo List

  • Bamboo Bridge model+Mesh model
  • Construction drawing, site plan
  • Detail drawing
  • Rendering
  • Print

November 12, 2021

Show references projects that has evidence to show that the work has a certain potential.


November 5, 2021

Identify Problems:

  • Scarcity of Concrete
  • Losing attraction to the younger generation farmers?


Could we make this industry more attractive to outsider and younger generation farmer?

Is there any replacement for concrete in this industry?

Could we design a structure that grow with the oyster?

Therefore i am proposing:

  • bicycling trail
  • deployable structure
  • expanded oyster sheet

Look back at the design, can i answering all my question through the design?



October 22, 2021

Research & Development

  1. What is it? What does it do?
    1. it is a foldable and expandable structure for oyster farming it will increase the amount of productivity as well as reduce the amount of concrete being used in such industry since we have a material Scarcity for concrete.
  2. What are the questions this work is asking? What new knowledge are you creating?
    1. This work is questioning about the material scarcity and concrete used in this industry. If the foldable raft could be applied into into this industry, farmers will be able to reuse this method for a longer time and it’s also environmental sustainable.
  3. How are you going to test your assumptions?
  4. How to maintain your device?
    1. In order to maintain this device you just have two take it out of the water when it’s not the Auster farming season folded in to its smaller size and carefully packed it away.
  5. What do you think are the strongest and the weakest points in your project now?
    1. I think the strongest point for this project is to considering about what is happening in the oyster farming industry and how can we improve it with new word technology and make the farmers life easier. However the weakest point the money consumption at the beginning for construction material, however due to the long-term process of this project I personally believe that the profit will begin back and make the industry self-sustained. Ialso think that in this case this project brings out a larger question about material testing whether if we could replace such expensive material fabric with something cheaper and maintain the sustainability that the older material provides.
  6. What construction technique are you using?
    1. The construction technique is borrowed from traditional origami tectonic

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, The construction technique is borrowed from traditional origami tectonicpreferences, and what drives them?
    1. The user-based is broad and it can be use in every oyster Farmer to grow better and healthier oyster in a long-term perspective. I believe that the reason why the oyster form is not being in its best form nowadays is because of the new blood in this industry found the hard work doesn’t get paid off enough. However if we could simplify the method of farming or meanwhile keeping the traditional oyster farming technique then we could make a better functioning system for this industry.


  1. What are the benefits users can get from the device?
    1. Firstly they do not have to apply concrete everything or time which reduce the workload. Secondly this device can be folded and take away out of the space which could increase the space show usage. Thirdly for the benefit of the oysters the shower provide them enough space to grow in its best form.
  2. What problems does your design cause?
    1. This design cost problem of material selection and material testing
  3. How do you operate and maintain this installation?
    1. This device can be sorted and stored under relatively small spaces which won’t influence the ocean species throughout the entire year in creating environmental problems.
  4. How do people get on board?
    1. It can be place near the reef and I believe that this device will be applied on any floating oyster farming raft.
  5. How much weight can you carry?
    1. The size of this device will be approximately 1 m *2 m. each single device can carry approximately 200 oyster at a time.
  6. How to maximum efficiency and convenience for the user
  7. Are there simpler ways to achieve the objective?
  8. Are there other possible use for clean seawater filtered by oysters? Only during the forming seasons
  9. How long will it be in the water?
    1. Only during the forming seasons

Health & Safety

  1. Is it stable? Safe? ship survivability?
  2. Is the device safe and environmental friendly to the ocean

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?


  1. Is your installation amicable to all marine lives?
    1. No because you won’t exist in there throughout the entire year
  2. How does it work? Especially the biology of it?No because you won’t exist in there throughout the entire year
  3. Which other species will naturally be attracted to the oyster reef there, such as crabs, fish, mussels, algae and other species?


  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)?


  1. Is it cost-effective?
    1. It is not at first, but if we are considering it in the long run it is cost-effective
  2. Is it possible to be mass-produced?
    1. Most certainly
  3. What is the product / outcome of this installation? Who benefits from it? What is the business model of this?Most certainly
    1. The oysters meat is gonna be thick and delicious





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