Borders: Ocean as Platform

by B. Cannon Ivers (MLA ’16)

This speculative project examines the perceived borders between land, sky and sea, envisioning instead one holistic system that challenges land-based agriculture as the only method of production.  It raises the question as to whether the people of Hawai’i, those most adept to the ways of the water, can forge a new economy of food self-reliance that moves towards food exportation to make the Ahupuaʻa global again.  It also examines civilian and military borders, being projective about what a post-military scenario would look like for the Ahupuaʻa of He’eia by repositioning the use of the military scale infrastructure as a system for production, processing and distribution of ocean-based agriculture.