Sea(weed) Lab - experimental production of algae based materials in Vardø harbour
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The diploma seeks to investigate the dialogue between old and new. What kind of spatial qualities and architectural expressions can come out of this, and the investigation of seaweed as a source of new material. 80% of our oceans are unmapped, unobserved and unexplored. As a costal nation with over 100 000 km of coastline and over 900 000 ton on low value unused mass from the marine sector. We need materials that tread lightly on the planet and respond well to a dynamic climate - ideally doing both. Are bio-materials such as seaweed the future? Sea(weed) Lab is a seaweed design laboratory where seaweed is explored as a sustainable material for making by making. As a material seaweed is a sensory anchor, one can smell it, touch it, see it, hear it and even taste it (edible species).