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1st Publication ABOUT ARTIFICIAL CORAL REEFS IS out

I am excited about my first publication about design and construction of artificial coral reefs in the Bali Sea together with the Andrea von Braun Foundation. More than 53 pages illustrate reef design using digital design tools, fabrication and installation in at Lombok island and show the monitoring process during the past 6 years and underwater 3-D scans using underwater laser scanning and underwater photogrammetry.

The foreword is in German, the rest in English. I am thankful for this opportunity and for the chance to collaborate with such a remarkable group of people. THANK YOU Bert, Jane, Philipp, Georg, Robin, Isabella Weinberger, Christoph-Friedrich von Braun, Delphine, Thomas and Uli!

The PDF will be open access until December 2018.

Andrea von Braun Stiftung: Briefe zur Interdisziplinarität 21 Sonderheft Korallenarchitektur. Oekum Verlag 2018

 

Open Access (Gesamt-PDF): BZI 21/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Underwater Monitoring of Reef Prototype 1

Seascape Prototype #1-33

In November 15th 2012 we launched Seascape Prototype #1 at Gili T. in Indonesia.

In the meanwhile the calcium-carbonate layer that surrounds the metal pieces has grown thicker. The synthesis between mineral accretion fabrication and the digitally developed skeleton becomes more evident as time passes.

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Underwater launch pilot reef – Prototype 1

My latest project in collaboration with the Global Coral Reef Alliance and Eco Gili Trust is part of a hopefully continuing research about Artificial Reefs and Computer- based Ecological Manufacturing in Architecture.

Some of the main challenges our civilization is facing are related to environmental depletion and the restoration of damaged habitats. Especially coral reefs currently experience a mayor crisis. “Seascape Prototype #1” is an experiment: A digitally designed and fabricated metal structure mimics the geometry of natural coral reefs with the increased ability to dissipate the energy of large ocean swells. Through mineral accretion fabrication natural rock formations grow around the synthetic structures with the ability to repair and sustain themselves. As such, they form a natural growing support layer around the proposed synthetic structure. Both, natural rocks and the proposed digital metal structure form an artificial coral reef, contributing to restore depleted habitats within an integrated computer and nature- based design approach.

Please watch in HD :).

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