Marine Aquaculture Research & Education Center

This project is for a proposed Marine Aquaculture Research & Education Center. It has been developed and presented as a postgraduate-level thesis project by Greg Shue.

In coastal North Carolina, there has been a steady decline in the fishing industry, one of its most robust natural and economic resources, due to overfishing and imported seafood, combined with growth in the construction sector. However, a once rich and varied vernacular architectural language that spoke specifically to to its place has, over time, been replaced with what can be described as an architecture without identity, an architecture without its own character, all while the area is experiencing exponential population growth. It is hereby proposed that because…

  1. There is a strong and underserved local, national, and internation demand for North Carolina seafood, including oysters, shrimp, and other shellfish, and…
  2. There is local educational infrastructure in place to bolster the local marine-based economy, and…
  3. There is no regional resource for aquaculture research, and no existing resource to educate the public on its benefits, and…
  4. There is a cultural need to establish a new vernacular architecture that responds to contemporary necessities as well as cultural heritage, that…

A new Marine Aquaculture Research & Education Center will be a valuable asset to the coastal Carolina region. It shall sustainably respond to to protected harsh environments, provide employment to graduates of local college-level aquaculture programs, provide aquacultured seafood to the local, national, and international markets, and serve as an architectural precedent for new vernacular architecture to the local construction and real estate industries. The project seeks to find a balance between the programmatic necessities of of the building type, sustainability, and reclamation of cultural identity.

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