Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

Growing Corals
Cristina Soberon

“To act is to exile oneself.” —Fernando Pessoa

Growing Corals works as a physical manifestation of coral reef decay in relation to global warming in the shore of Cozumel, Mexico. It is designed as an immersive experience based on two main interviews I conducted. The interviews speak about the only two coral restoration programs in the island. One is a private project (Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Program) and the other is a larger government-funded one (Fundacion de Parques y Museos de Cozumel), expressing two distinct approaches to the issue of coral bleaching and its plausible solutions. My project recognizes the difference in resources between the groups, but brings forth the desire for a common solution, which creates an economically and socially profitable eco-tourism. This book opens up the opportunity to teach tourists and train locals to sustainably engage with the marine life. There is no distinction between the interviews. Instead, it gives the reader the tools to engage with and analyze the content to reach their own conclusions. Rather than being a didactic tool this thesis serves as both an entryway and a platform to start dialogue around the strategies put in place
by these two groups.

This project has become the starting point of my collaboration with Dr. German Mendez. Going forth we wish to implement sustainable tourism practices in Cozumel—and the rest of the country—by committing to educate the community and find new proposals to benefit the ecosystem, the locals and the tourism industry equally.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou