INDUSTRIAL ORGANICISM: Evolving the Cultural Landscape of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia through Community Owned Renewable Energy
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My thesis explores the evolution and ongoing cultural relevance of the unique Minas Basin landscape located along the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The tides of the Bay of Fundy, the highest in the world with a twice daily range of 16 meters, have been shaping this landscape for thousands of years, both physically and socially. Consequently, all settlers have been required to adapt to these conditions in new and innovative ways, including altering landforms and modifying traditional vernacular building materials and methods. These necessary adaptations over time have created a significant sense of place throughout the Minas Basin. Taking lessons from the past and looking ahead to the future, my thesis is proposing the implementation of a community owned renewable energy collective as the next step in the evolution of this working landscape.