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The Other Built Environment: Designing Coral Reef Ecology

CCA Architecture
1111 8th Street, San Francisco
Digital Craft Lab (2nd Floor, Studio S1)

The footprint of our existence has had a catastrophic impact on ecosystems across the the world. In particular, coral reefs are being decimated by human-induced conditions quicker than they can recover and grow. In this talk, CCA faculty member Alex Schofield will discuss his collaboration with the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center in material research and application of 3D printed coral. Together their goal is to give polyps, the living organism of coral, a leg up by fabricating and reseeding the skeletal structure with a synthetic coral scaffold in hopes of supporting the marine ecosystem.

Native Oakland-based designer Alex Schofield focuses on emerging technologies, material research, and their implications within the build environment. He completed his M.Arch at University of California, Berkeley, where he received the Mario Ciampi Art in Architecture Award for his parafictional exploration in fabrication, agency, and form of an architecture built from coffee grounds. He has since completed residencies at both Autodesk Pier 9 and Workshop Residence in San Francisco, and has lectured and exhibited his work abroad. Currently Alex operates through his design workshop, Objects and Ideograms, where he continues rethinking spatial making with an emphasis on materiality.