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Biodiversity-driven Consumption

This project was developed for Toyoshima , with the aim of using scientific research to support more sustainable businesses and consumer behaviors. Design Lab collaborated with Kitazawa Lab to create a concept proposing a new form of aquaculture enabled by data and fostering biodiversity.

本プロジェクトは、科学的研究を活用して、より持続可能なビジネスや消費行動を支援することを目的とした、豊島ライフスタイル寄付研究部門のためのプロジェクトです。DLX Design Labは北澤研究室と共同で、データを活用した生物多様性を育む新しい養殖の形を提案するコンセプトを作成しました。


Almanac is a biodiversity-driven aquaculture system supporting Kitazawa Lab 's research on a new sustainable marine food production method, called integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA). This technology accelerates growth in aquacultures without detrimental side effects by converting the byproducts of certain organisms into nutrients for other organisms, thereby reducing eutrophication and increasing economic diversification. IMTA is dependent on the presence and interactions of multiple animals because it reproduces the nutrient cycles of the natural environment. Therefore, it promotes biodiversity and bioremediation, making it possible to produce fish in a sustainable way.

This project aims to facilitate such forms of eco-conscious aquaculture by providing a digital market platform and a variety of new marine consumer products. The digital platform empowers users to build a community by giving them the means to track aquacultures remotely and allowing them to directly purchase goods from fish farms. These shortened transactions give more independence to producers and provide customers with product traceability through local ingredients that are more seasonal, fresh, and safe. The collection of products were created to show consumers the many ways they can use lesser known marine species such as algae, sea cucumber, or annelids. With these new tools, these animals can be used in a variety of areas in daily life, from food to energy, to health.



The properties and functions of various marine organisms - ranging from sea cucumbers to bivalves - were examined and documented in an infographic. Through this research, a number of new products were proposed with the goal of increasing demand for biodiverse aquaculture. For example, algae could be integrated into a hand-held lamp, while sea cucumber could be used for a new alternative healing kit.



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