Motivational Environments, in cooperation with the Aedes Gallery in Berlin, the Technical University in Braunschweig, and the Penn Design Masters Research studio, created a multi-year interdisciplinary project for students to apply their knowledge of design and robotics to benefit the environment. With the vision to "understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our nation's economic, social, and environmental needs," the project is focused on the plastics and other waste that accumulate to create the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Through an understanding of environmental factors, infrastructure, and robotics, students are developing and designing recycled building units as they explore the extent to which robotic architecture can interact with the environment. They are discovering how to apply their talents in ways that have a meaningful impact on the world.
Below are some examples of nature-inspired robotic architecture that can be used to clear pollutants from the sea.
National Geographic Expedition Technologies Skunk Works Team