Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Beijing Design Week 2014 - Monash Univeristy Industrial Design

ICSID President Dr Brandon Gien featured the award winning environmental design project MARS by Monash University Industrial Design graduate Alex Goad during his presentation at Beijing Design Week 2014. 


Beijing Design Week 2014 presentation by ICSID President Dr Brandon Gien featured the award winning project designed by Monash University Industrial Design graduate Alex Goad.


Beijing Design Week 2014 presentation by ICSID President Dr Brandon Gien featured the award winning project designed by Monash University Industrial Design graduate Alex Goad.

The MARS - Modular Artificial Reef Structure has been designed to help mitigate the growing effects of modern human activity on our marine environments. Unprecedented population growth is putting increased pressure on our oceans, not only because of climate change and pollution, but also because of destructive fishing practices, increased water runoff and dredging. Our irreplaceable coral reefs are some of the most bio-diverse and uniquely fragile eco-systems on the planet, and consequently suffer the quickest and most drastically from this human expansion.


MARS modular artificial reef designed by Alex Goad Monash University industrial design.

MARS is a modular artificial reef structure that can be implanted by divers and tailored to suit the geographical layout of the ocean floor. The MARS units have been designed specifically for coral transplanting, which can quickly help re-grow damaged coral reef areas. The structure can also help to increase the biomass of an area with or without existing reef features. Based on over three years of independent research into suitable materials, MARS is designed to maximise the potential for sustaining ocean environments.


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