"This is my art reef", says Mr. Di Bari at the end of the video, except the only "original" part is... the turtle shape. The rest of the design part is the work of others, taken in its results but misunderstood in its respective philosophy, potential and reach, and awkwardly assembled along with boasted claims and misused concepts (like the use of "bio-architecture").
The components of the "turtle" shown in the video at 15:00
when the video zooms in) are in fact a repeated model of a piece designed by us (Co-de-iT) and 3D-printed by D-Shape in one piece (see http://www.co-de-it.com/wordpress/reef-test-piece.html
) for the sole purpose of being a test benchmark, to be submerged and monitor erosion, marine organism colonization and other essential variables for an effective real-world application. We are astonished to see how the research we are seriously conducting together with disguincio&co (see http://www.co-de-it.com/wordpress/reefs.html
) and its inextricable design development have been twisted and flattened to such embarrassingly poor understanding of the design potential linked to 3D-printing (here approached in a totally naive fashion). A poor narrative that ignores completely the necessary science that should at least support its possible reach.
Aside from our considerations on the project qualities (there would be many others), we would really like to have clarifications from Mr. Di Bari on how our model found its way into his visuals, since it was never given out for free download, nor was its use directly authorized by us. Other material, see the slide sequence at 12:51
, where our design for marina formations (which background is Tonicello Beach, Capo Vaticano in Italy, not Bahrein's coast - http://www.tropea.biz/images/residence-lameridiana/spiaggia-tonicello.jpg
), along with a reef piece designed by James Gardiner (http://www.3ders.org/articles/20121030-worlds-first-3d-printed-reef.html
), is also presented as Mr. Di Bari's design. If you want to steal, steal the concept and make it better instead of blatantly stitching pieces together to support a shallow concept.