Date of Award
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Nick De Pace
We all live in the same common -– the ocean common, sharing various common pool resources. With industrialization coming after capitalism, the resource regime is shifting and developing. The Blue Revolution and industrial aquaculture stand out as a strategy to efficiently gain resources to meet the population growth and the resource demands. However, it will reveal another form of cultural exploitation. People in the global south will become a labor resource for the global north and increase extreme coastal poverty brought by the depletion of mangroves for land and industrial places. In this book, I want to discuss the possibility of reactivating the coastal common in the global north to alleviate this unethical situation in the global south. The role of coastal commons, especially in the global north where urbanization has rapidly occurred, will be evaluated using two testing sites in Narragansett Bay. Wild oyster habitats will be restored with this intervention, creating public access to natural resources. By reactivating these coastal commons, we can contribute to the local economy, restore the ecosystem, and access critical ecological resources that benefit global food production systems.
Zhang, Chengie, "One land / one ocean: reactivate coastal commons in urban territory" (2022). Masters Theses. 955.
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View exhibition online: Chenjie Zhang, One ocean / One land