Synanthropic ecologies - Daniel Metcalfe's tile designs for the intertidal zone

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Justin Marshall
Daniel’s research focuses on introducing ecological principles into the design of coastal structures. He has been using the digital manufacturing equipment at Makernow to create surfaces which take into consideration the habitat requirements of limpets, barnacles, periwinkles and other intertidal species alongside the needs of people. The results highlight the potential synergy between ecological and anthropogenic functions in marine construction. More about the project can be found here: http://reconciliationdesign.wordpress.com/
Using the milling machine to create grooves that would trap water at low tide.
Final model of the wave pattern tile
Screen captures of the digital files used for milling the patterns
Screen captures of the digital files used for milling the patterns
Pattern milled out of resin board, the horizontal lines are created by spreading the tool pass and are important for barnacle settlement.
Final model of sea urchin tile.