MARC 520. Errin Francis. “The Loop: Aquaponics and Marxism.” Seattle, Washington. Fall 2019.
Aquaponics, combining aquaculture and hydroponics, is a highly innovative system that relies on biological relationships to improve production by reusing nutrients released by fish to grow crop-bearing plants. The Loop, an Aquaponics Center in Seattle’s International District, is designed as a Marxist object, a machine that functions like architecture: It provides efficiently structured space for community participation in Aquaponics, while simultaneously performing as a renewable energy facility. It is innovative, prioritizing thoughtfully structured systems over invention. It is efficient, maximizing performance by using existing resources and manpower. It is participatory, enabling deeper personal connections and fulfillment in the pursuit of work.