CHALLENGE

How can we scale and adapt potential solutions for restoring in-shore coral reefs now?

Coral reefs are estimated to be gone by 2050. If we are going to do anything it has to be within the next 5-10 years... We believe that applying the scalability of Industrial design thinking can help accelerate the growth of corals.

Coral reefs are vital for both people and our marine life. Home to a quarter of the world's fisheries, more than 1 billion people depend on them. They even create jobs for tourism, where $36 billion dollars are generated by healthy corals protect coastlines each year.

CONTEXT

Combine Science with the Design Process

Learn new science-driven processes to gain realistic requirements and explore new concepts through the design process. Compare and analyze failures and successes of coral reef projects and progressive projects.

Benchmark Case Studies

Compare and analyze failures and successes of coral reef projects and progressive projects.

OPPORTUNITY

Combine Coral Biology with the Scalability of ID

Mote Research Lab is working to combat the crisis in the world’s coral reefs. Vaughan has developed a game-changing technique called “micro-fragmenting” that allows corals to grow more than 25 times faster than normal, which could rapidly restore the dying coral population of healthy coral reefs.

Below is the Micro-fragmentation process at Mote Research Laboratory

SOLUTION

Potentially plant 3x as much coral in 1 day

Scaling up the process of micro-fragmentation with an artificial reef structure that can be customized to any reef terrain's needs and allows easy planting of coral plugs.

Potentially tapping into Hotel industries, Eco-tourism and Fisheries

Concrete Texture & Marine Cement

Texture allows maximum growth and micro-ecosystems for animals. Casted in marine cement and mixed with accessible salt water.

Twist & Plant

Easy twist on assembly with plug system

Basalt Rebar

Resists rust due to the material properties of volcanic rock

EXPLORATION

Research & Development

My success criteria are guided by qualitative and quantitative information from my research. By converging guided by insights from my scientific advisors and diverging with blue sky concept exploration, I managed to balance between exploration and feasibility in my design.

ONGOING PROJECT

Working with scientific advisors

Currently, we are re-engaging scientists leading the field of coral restoration. Our goal is concept test designs with them before entering into the physical prototyping process.

Please let us know if you're interested in chatting. This is our ongoing passion project that we are always open for other collaborators.
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KEY TAKEAWAY

Converging and diverging with scientific advisors

From my experience working with cross-disciplinary teams, I learned that we all must embrace our own process and open ourselves up to learning from others. Through this open and collaborative project I balanced scientific complexity with design to find new opportunities for coral restoration grounded in the reality of science and the dreamscape of the future.