Sculptural and design-based engagement with the frontier of Marine biology is a new and dynamic approach to the dilemma of climate change and a path to a sustainable marine future.
Approaches as diverse as underwater sculptures in the Mexican Caribbean that become coral reefs, to “oyster-tecture” designs for oyster beds to help clean up the waters near the Gowanus Canal and Red Hook in Brooklyn are but two of the many artistic propositions for generating life and reversing the negative pressures of global climate change.
In this interdisciplinary course, we will examine the issue of climate change’s ongoing effects on marine life. We will work toward viable solutions to creating shellfish habitat in Rhode Island waters through creative approaches to forms and systems that positively impact marine life, and generate community understanding and engagement. Teams will work with institutional partners to research and develop functioning sculptural objects and landscapes that contribute to an aesthetic of sustainability in the underwater world and are sympathetic to the needs of healthy ecosystems.
- Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy
This course has the objective of creating collaborative environments, making science visible, and communicating the importance of creative solutions to the effect of climate change on marine biology. URI Professor and RISD Scientist-in-Residence, Marta Gomez-Chiarri, has generously agreed to be our outside consultant, and our Cross-Institutional relationships include the Nature Conservancy and Roger Williams University. These relationships will allow our students to learn the history of local aquaculture and its negative pressures, essential technical information, and have hands-on experience. They will visit some of the sites of research and successful development programs, and be able to engage in dialogues with experts in the field as solutions are developed.