Video: Rethinking our Landscapes with Kate Orff

Kate Orff shares her vision of ‘oyster-tecture’ utilizing oysters as an agent for urban change. Focusing on the Harbor, Orff, architect and founding principal of Manhattan based studio SCAPE, demonstrates how we can rethink our landscapes, both the green and blue spaces, linking nature and humanity for mutual benefit.

Eastern oysters being her focus for this TED Talk, she shares how the oyster can improve water quality as a natural bio filter. Blending urbanism and ecology she proposes an oyster reef for the Gowanus Canal and Governors Island, an accessible idea that can be implemented immediately.

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Video: Rethinking our Landscapes with Kate Orff" 13 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • alechs

    Sea level change is only short term issue when dealing with future water ecologies. The bigger issue is the fact that water is constantly acidifying and reef structures, natural or artificial, will soon not be able to stand the change in pH. I applaud the project for its lo-fi approach to ecology construction but there are bigger fish to fry at the moment.