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On the tiles


Building elements filled with seeds and surfboards containing straw are allowing nature to grow.

Now, a Hong Kong-based startup is 3D printing hexagonal tiles from clay which are installed on the seafloor and planted with young coral.

A coral-specific algorithm tells a robotic arm how to print the tiles’ labyrinthine structure. This not only promotes growth but enables corals to achieve a 98% survival rate.

Meanwhile, the tiles have been spread across around 100㎡ of Hong Kong’s waters. Next stop: Abu Dhabi.

Governments and clients can take out subscriptions which last three years and include maintenance and monitoring.

In Papua New Guinea, a group of indigenous female divers is striving to maintain the country’s marine biodiversity.

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