The degradation of coral reefs is a big concern for marine bio-diversity. D-Shape has addressed this issue by developing a 3D-printed coral, in an attempt to offer a more sustainable solution to the repair and development of reef coastline.
Developed in collaboration with the computational design team Co-de-iT and Disguincio & co, the endeavour extends to maritime construction projects, where coastal defences or leisure facilities would drastically benefit from an ecologically suitable material. The coral project has undergone successful testing and consultation from specialist environmental groups.
For marine projects, the use of concrete is ubiquitous, offering the most durable resistance to tidal and corrosive forces. This however offers little ecological benefit, in contrast, D-Shape coral is produced from chemistry which actively supports marine life. Sedimentary rocks originally formed from sea deposits are introduced as source material, chemically bound with a patented ecological binder.
This concept project is the realisation of an Eco-park underwater in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, called Underwater MoMA. It […]