Seafarm is a project at the Swedish west coast, cultivating seaweeds and developing a sustainable system for their use as a renewable resource.

‘Seaweed design as social practice’ was a design course for Master degree students from Aalto University in February 2019 at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Infrastructure in Kristineberg, Sweden.

The students projects focussed on Lysekil municipality, in particular to the opportunities of marine aquaculture in collaboration with Sven Lovén Centres for Marine Infrastructure in Kristineberg and Tjärnö. The municipality strategy envisions the marine research stations as hubs for innovation in the marine sector. The cultivation of seaweed, oysters and sea cucumbers e.g. provide potential for new materials and food products. Seaweed also remediates eutrophication by removing excess nutrients from the sea and provides habitat for marine species. The projects utilized design to create scenarios as well as concrete proposals for the region. 

Boat trip with students at Tjärnö seaweed farm

Learning about local marine species


Professor Julia Lohmann (Aalto University) and Dr. Pirjo Haikola (Aalto University) in collaboration with Dr. Seona Candy (University of Helsinki).

Collaboration between the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki and Professor Fredrik Gröndahl (KTH Stockholm) Department for Sustainable Development Environmental Science and Engineering (SEED) the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH Stockholm.


Image: seaweed farm in Tjärnö, photograph Pirjo Haikola