IGN 17-2 - Restoring an industrial brownfield with industrial ecology on the waterfront

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Chris Streb, Biohabitats, Charleston, SC
Cities are socio-ecological systems supported by material and energy sources imported from regional and global supply chains. Rather than depend exclusively on these subsidies, how might we consider generating more ecosystem services within the urban boundary? In Baltimore, a 240 acre industrial land parcel is slated for redevelopment along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, a water body with significant water quality issues. By mimicking nutrient spiraling, the project aims to restore the intertidal shoreline, increase biodiversity, and create a public amenity that may catalyze the restoration of this waterway while producing a material supply for innovative, domestic production.