n. The practice of encouraging the growth of oyster reefs to help filter impurities from water and reduce the intensity of onshore waves.
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Could "oystertecture" save NYC from the next Hurricane?
—Paul Greenberg, “Could 'oystertecture'…,” Twitter, May 15, 2015
It's an eco-friendly solution, for sure, but restoring oyster habitat isn't the easiest or cheapest thing to do. New York architect and Columbia University professor Kate Orff floated this idea years ago, coining the term "oyster-tecture" in a lauded TED talk.
—Svati Kirsten Narula, “How Oysters Can Protect Houses From Hurricanes,” The Atlantic, May 05, 2014
He participates on oyster safaris and has recently started planting out oysters in Copenhagen harbor, where he hopes a new oyster bed will create awareness on the need for clean waters, as the animal [sic] also filter an amazing 15 liters of water per hour, being a part of a new urban oystertecture (oysters + architecture), that will help keep the harbor clean.
—Kasper Fogh Hansen, “The World's Best Oysters,” The Huntington Post, May 08, 2012
2009 (earliest)
—“SCAPE Zone 4: Oyster-Tecture,” MoMA, November 03, 2009