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Inspired to restore lost or degraded mangrove forests, the X-POD simultaneously incubates, protects and disperses a cluster of mangrove seeds (via oceanic currents) into depleted mangrove habitats around the world.All mangroves disperse their offspring by water. When seeds fall they float & drift for some time before rooting themselves. Seeds float until they reach shallow water and become stranded when the tide recedes. It is here that their roots take hold in the mud.The X-POD safeguards & enhances this natural regeneration process. The seeds grow within the pod until it reaches shallow water. As the pod becomes stranded, it begins to break down releasing nutrients that feed the mangrove enhancing its ability to adapt, grow and survive.Research indicates more than 35% of the world’s mangroves are already gone. The figure is as high as 50% in countries such as India, the Philippines, and Vietnam, while in the Americas they are being cleared at a rate faster than tropical rainforests.Mangrove forests are extremely productive ecosystems. They provide numerous ecological benefits and service both the marine environment and people. This means that conserving and restoring mangroves is essential to fighting climate change, that is already having disastrous effects on communities worldwide.Specifications:Dimensions: 140 x 140 x 70mmWeight: 300gMaterials: 100% sustainably sourced biodegradable seaweed, doubling as a natural plant fertilizer.
How will your design encourage more people or cities to grow trees?
The X-POD promotes public awareness on the importance of mangrove conservation and climate change adaptation.The design facilitates a hassle free solution to planting a critical species of tree in tough/remote/hard to access environments. One simply has to throw the X-POD off the back of a boat and nature will do the rest!
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Leibniz University Hannover
École Nationale d'Architecture de Rabat
University of Pennsylvania
Huazhong University of Science and Technology