27 January 2020, 8:00AM
until 28 January 2020, 5:00PM
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AIA VA Competition

According to the 2017 Aquaculture Crop Reporting Survey published by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Virginia is 1st on the East Coast of the U.S. for Eastern Oyster production. Virginians have been eating Chesapeake Bay oysters since the early 17th century when Jamestown was founded. And now, this sweet and salty seafood is making a resurgence on the plates of Virginians the state over, making Virginia the new “Oyster Capital of the East Coast”.

You are to design a small oyster research hatchery on the shoreline of the Lafayette River in downtown Norfolk that will inspire the public to learn about the significance of oyster farming to the local economy and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The site’s location in downtown Norfolk offers a distinct opportunity for public engagement. Your design solution should be accessible and inviting to school age children as well as the general public. Sustainability and flood proof measures should be considered.

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