Grain of Sand: This project is set in the fishing city of Chilaw, Sri Lanka. The coastline is historically famous for its oyster pearls. Due to overfishing during the Dutch and British occupation, the oyster population has been decimated.
A Grain of Sand looks at how a lost industry can be reintroduced to provide a new revenue stream for the local community. The project is a systematic framework that allows the local community to take ownership. The framework provides the essential services whilst the community occupies the space.
1. The council builds a bridge to reconnect the fishing village to the rest of the city.
2. Pearl farming towers grow up around the bridge.
3. As the pear industry grows small temporary markets appear on the bridge.
4. The farmers organise a Pearl Framing Guild and the markets become a permanent feature on the bridge.
5. This new lagoon village grows up to become the pearl capital of Sri Lanka.