Currently under development, the Studio for Urban Projects is working with scientiests from the SFSU Romberg Tiburon Center to create a series of modular and easily deployable “architectures” to attract native oysters and cultivate eelgrass. These forms are meant to replace heavy “reef ball” systems that require cranes to install and make many sites in the bay innaccessible for pilots. These expermiental structures will be prototyped in the San Francisco Bay through the ongoing Living Shorelines Project and aim to create buffers to storm surges and rising tides while helping to restore biodiversity. Currently, potential materials are being tested near Heron’s Head Park to support a future installation.
This project is being lead by Dr. Katharyn Boyer, Professor of Biology at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University in collaboration with Marine Ecologist Stephanie Kiriakopolos, Lead Researcher on the San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines Project.The study that is forming the basis for our design work can be found in the San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines: Nearshore Linkages Project Summary