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A proposal for a seaweed-processing plant near Bar Harbor, Maine, the Stack Politic makes ingenious use of hyper-local materials. The aquatic base of the structure would feature stones salvaged from a nearby quarry and arranged in a crib formation. On top of it are drying huts, made of timber with seaweed insulation and topped with a slate roof.

The most innovative building material of all, though, is the surrounding water, which would engulf the base of the structure during high tides, enabling seaweed farmers to canoe up to the huts and deposit their harvest.

AZ Awards 2021 Finalist: The Stack Politic

A proposal for a seaweed-processing plant near Bar Harbor, Maine, the Stack Politic makes ingenious use of hyper-local materials.

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2013
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
Student
Julie Richoz, École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL), Switzerland
2014
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
Designer
Rowan Liivamägi, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, British Columbia
2021
People’s ChoiceA+ Award for Student Work
Location
Lawrence, U.S.
Team
Abbie Ford, Abby Eleeson, Ace Brown, Brady Whitehill, Casey Chura, Dakota Tubbs, Gabby Foster, Jack Swezy, Jean-Marc Juston, Kaitlin Hoines, Kelly Schorn, Leah Ferrara, Lindsey Freund, Maddy Irwin, Maggy Dickherber, Nate Hulse, Norah Swift, Riley Estrada, Ryan Everson, Tiffany Nguyen and Vinny Hyunh
School
University of Kansas (Instructor: Dan Rockhill, Studio 804)