Cities are home to all forms of life, not just humans
Urban Reef designs and creates open-ended habitats that encourage the growth and diversity of life in urban settings such as streetscapes, squares and buildings. To live together with more-than-human lives, urban settings need more room for uncontrolled and emerging ecologies, both physically and in our collective thought.
Our prototypes called "Reefs" are designed to integrate open systems and regenerative design into the city. Reefs are created using bio-based algorithms and are 3D printed with (living) materials. Connected with passive flows rich in sunlight, water, nutrients and minerals, Reefs provide a range of microclimates and store nutrients that benefit more-than-human beings, complementing anthropocentric design approaches of urban environments.