Exploration MSS3 Fall 2021

Haihong Huang


This project has studied oyster shells as building materials, but there are still many possibilities to explore, leaving a lot of imaginative space for material application, such as different cutting and arrangement ways of oyster shells, different applications in furniture, interior decoration and outdoor materials, etc.

The joint style and connection method of modular oyster shell material can be further improved. For the large amount of copy of module materials, the effect applied to the facade is not deep enough.

The crushed oyster shell samples are now only limited to the appearance and style, and the structural characteristics (compression, tensile, bending, waterproof, sound insulation, heat preservation, etc.) are not studied. Second, try mixing other food scraps (seaweed, fish bones, etc.) or adhesives.

At the same time, the history of oyster shell houses can be dug out deeper, such as doing field visits, mapping their location distribution, construction methods and detail drawings, and reflect on how to integrate old construction methods and new construction methods, and how to repair and innovate, which is conducive to the application of oyster shell materials in future projects.

Last but not the least, exploring the story and vitality about the food culture is important. When Peter asked if there are any poetry and story about oysters, I said no. Actually, there are a few of poems describing people’s happy life and express gratitude for food and nature. This is the vibe that could be represent other than the material itself.