Regenerative Aquaculture: Designing for Resilience of the Chesapeake Tidewater

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The Chesapeake Bay is out of balance. As the effects of decades of overharvesting, overdevelopment, and pollution have taken their toll, tidewater communities are confronted with a loss of culture, livelihood, and the environment in which they live. This thesis seeks to reframe the problem of regeneration of community and environment, through the use of resilient design.

Resilient design is the process of designing for an uncertain at risk future. Through resilient design, architecture and aquaculture can be combined with food culture to foster stewardship of place. This thesis will explore interconnectedness of tidewater food culture, the waterman culture, aquaculture, and regenerative design in an effort to generate a holistic solution.

The final product will consist of a methodology of planning for resilience at a framework scale, and will also propose an architectural solution that combines educational facilities with commercial aquaculture, to foster stewardship and regeneration in the Chesapeake Tidewater.