At the beginning of the year I asked myself - what do I know about the Mediterranean Sea? And I can tell you that I knew very little. The project looks at the sea from a holistic point of view. At its biodiversity, complexity and the landscape of events that take place. Clashes and discoveries are made through mapping layers of data - in some instances live data. Discoveries of environmental, political and social realities. A custom mapping application is scripted to support the growth of data and this informs the creation of alternative marine reserves. Dynamic reserves that that move, merge, monitor and protect not only the environment of a particular area, but also follow endangered migrating marine species. The proposal is to create an open living lab, by introducing software and hardware platforms, that talk to each other and allow for growth of biodiversity through the bio-rock method. It is time to start replanting the trees and forests of our oceans and not only our lands. No water no life. No blue no green.

The Storm Over The Med

The environmental threats and challenges of the Mediterranean Sea form the gloomy reality of human impact.

Mapping and Scripting Dynamic Reserves

First attempts to imagine alternative reserves that become dynamic and are able to respond to the environment in real time.

Mapping and Scripting Dynamic Reserves

Looking at the movement patterns and component built up of dynamic reserves in zoomed-in individual scale.

The Rock Flip

Rock patterns and textures are great for the growth of biodiversity because of their porous surface. The instant abstract idea is to flip the rock around and make it float.

Performance and Ambition

A physical model of the bio-rock skeleton developed through scripting and a list of the main performance criteria.

Dynamic Reserve Setup Components

The modules are delivered by a boat and set up in a rigid frame with all the necessary equipment. The growth of biorock can start and the first corals are transplanted on it.

The Skeleton Node and Magnesium Printing

The node provides all the technical support needed for the functioning of the dynamic reserve - buoyancy control, nutrients supply, etc. The proposal looks at two magnesium printing methods - with a robot or through self expansion in the skeleton.

The Mediterranean Gateway

Dynamic marine reserves form a tunnel at the Gibraltar ensuring a safe entry and exit of migratory species like the Atlantic Blue-fin Tuna.

The Alternative Marine Biodiversity

It is time to replant the trees of our seas.

The Open Living Lab Marine Reserve

To further develop the scheme it is necessary to propose an Open Living Lab concept, were through direct feedback and real live data the platform can be developed to achieve the optimum results.