Reefs are intricate designs that can retain water through porosity, and offer a range of microclimates that complement urban settings and extreme climates. In this way they provide microrefugia for urban species, increasing biodiversity.
The material research involves experimenting with natural materials for 3D printing, including mycelium, river dredge, sea shells and clay. We aim to understand the properties and potential applications of these materials for creating more sustainable and effective prototypes in the context of the bio-inclusive city.
The design research focuses on computational design and 3D printing to create prototypes of the Reefs that will support the growth of the bio-inclusive city. We use computational design to create intricate designs and 3D printing to quickly produce physical prototypes for testing and refinement.
Plot C3 at Innovation Dock
Growlab in a greenhouse
3D clay printerstudio
Victoria Roznowski (TU Berlin) - Petra Sochůrková (Prague University)
Julia Pongratz (TU Delft) - Lieke Luikens (Hanze Hogeschool Groningen) - Matteo Volonterio (Design Academy Eindoven)
Paul Huttinga (Hogeschool Rotterdam) - Benjamin Slabbekoorn (Hogeschool Rotterdam) - Kim Bighelaar (Hogeschool Rotterdam)
Urban Reef would not be possible without the support of Citylab010, Gemeente Rotterdam, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Stichting Droom en Daad, VP Delta Dutch Water Innovation, Technische Universiteit Delft, Erasmus University, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Hanzehogeschool Groningen, Dutch Design Foundation, Provincie Zuid-Holland and BlueCity Lab. We are grateful for their funding and support.