The primary site of investigation is the Recôncavo Baiano in Brazil with key site being Salvador de Bahia1.

Bahia2 has readily available a plethora of economic opportunities, from agriculture to petrochemical industries. The key area of interest the relationship of the declining artisanal fishing industry/communities, and how the rejuvenation of said industries can be tied into to anthropogenic wastewater management and the need for offshore financial services servers3, as well as the larger network of economic and social opportunities presented in this particular ecological network.

The rejuvenation of these communities will be tied in to the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) loan made available to the state of Bahia to improve environmental conditions along its coast line.

The key investigation will be directed at urban formations associated with successful port/fishing economies, as well as the potential for moving the community from fishing on the open sea to aquaculture farming, and weather this would allow the failing artisanal fishermen to compete with larger scale fishing industries. The project is undertaken with the intention of enabling the fishing communities to support their cultural traditions but amalgamating their livelihood in to the larger economic network provided by the relocation of the financial services sector. The larger scale impact of re-locating Brazil financial service hubs will also be investigated, the provision of inhabitation will take into account the needs of these two very disparate demographics, and how their interaction could lead inclusive occupation of public space.

As the Biome in question is Tropical in nature physical investigations will focus on tectonic principles that target a sustainable materiality, bioclimatic tropical architecture and regional vernacular architecture/ boat building techniques. A thorough understanding of the coadjutant opportunities available between the tropospheric conditions and the two discrete programs to be implemented on site will engender the tectonic discussion between form and materiality.

The expected outcome would be a self-sufficient community integrated into a larger global economy interlocked in a symbiotic relationship with a larger infrastructure or economic program.

The model investigated here would aim to provide an overarching framework for similar communities worldwide, tying ailing lifestyles and crafts back into our current economic framework.





  1. 1.        The area is well known for its tourism, cuisine, music and architecture, and its metropolitan area is the wealthiest in Brazil’s Northeast.
  2. Bahia is the largest African city outside of Africa, and the State of Bahia is said to have the longest continuous coast line in Brazil.In Bahia one can observe among its inhabitants a sense of belonging to the region, the recognition of a common history and an interesting reference to many habitats and traditions which lends itself to traditional place making and civic space that is uniquely Bahian.
  3. Alex Wissner – Gross and Cameron Freer research affiliate’s with MIT published a paper  that explores how high-frequency trading firms — which deploy trading strategies that are dependent on routing trading information around the world and across multiple exchanges and trading venues at sub-micro second speeds — can optimise their trading infrastructure and trade even faster. Two of these towers were identified as being off  the coast line of Bahia.






  1. Wissner-Gross and C.E. Freer,”Relativistic Statistical Arbitrage“, Physical Review E 82, 056104, 2010


  1. Paul Virilio, “The Third Interval: A Critical Transition.” In Re-thinking Technologies, Chapter 1. Minneapolis: University of          Minnesota Press, 1993


  1. Governement of Bahia. (2012). Building a sustainable and inclusive Bahia. Available: http://www.seplan.ba.gov.br/sgc/arquivos/20120613_154334_REVISTA_INGLES.pdf. Last accessed 22 Nov 2012.


  1. Diegues, Antonio Carlos & International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (2007). Artisanal fisheries in Brazil. Chennai, India: International Collective in Support of Fishworkers.


  1. Diegues, Antonio Carlos & International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (2008). Marine Protected Areas and Artisanal Fisheries in Brazil. Chennai, India: International Collective in Support of Fishworkers. 



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