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There have been many iterations since then. CNC Exotic Mushrooms B.V. Researchers develop "biological concrete" that grows moss and fungi. News: Scientists at a Spanish university are developing a new type of concrete that captures rainwater to create living walls of moss and fungi.
Unlike existing vertical garden systems which require complex supporting structures, the new "biological concrete" supports the growth of organisms on its own surface, according to researchers from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Biological Concrete for a Living, Breathing Facade. The future of design requires thinking innovatively about the way current construction techniques function so we may expand upon their capabilities.
Sustainability has evolved far beyond being a trend and has become an indelible part of this design process. Sustainable solutions have always pushed against the status quo of design and now the Structural Technology Group of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC) has developed a concrete that sustains and encourages the growth of a multitude of biological organisms on its surface. We have seen renditions of the vertical garden and vegetated facades, but what sets the biological concrete apart from these other systems is that it is an integral part of the structure. According to an article in Science Daily, the system is composed of three layers on top of the structural elements that together provide ecological, thermal and aesthetic advantages for the building.
Biological concrete for constructing 'living' building materials with lichens, mosses. The Structural Technology Group has developed and patented a type of biological concrete that supports the natural, accelerated growth of pigmented organisms.
The material, which has been designed for the façades of buildings or other constructions in Mediterranean climates, offers environmental, thermal and aesthetic advantages over other similar construction solutions. The material improves thermal comfort in buildings and helps to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels. In studying this concrete, the researchers at the Structural Technology Group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya • BarcelonaTech (UPC) have focused on two cement-based materials.
The first of these is conventional carbonated concrete (based on Portland cement), with which they can obtain a material with a pH of around 8. Fungus-treated Violin Outdoes Stradivarius. At the 27th “Osnabrücker Baumpflegetagen” (one of Germany’s most important annual conferences on all aspects of forest husbandry), Empa researcher Francis Schwarze’s "biotech violin" dared to go head to head in a blind test against a stradivarius – and won!
A brilliant outcome for the Empa violin, which is made of wood treated with fungus, against the instrument made by the great master himself in 1711. Mycotecture GR2: Building from Mushrooms. Mushroom Tiny House. For the first time ever, we’ll be sharing the future of Mushroom® Insulation and Myco Board® with the world.
Come see these cutting edge materials at the world’s best green building products expo at booth #2205. We will be highlighting several exciting products, still in development, that will be market ready in the next 12-24 months. These cutting-edge sustainable materials include: -Myco Board: formaldehyde-free, tree-free light weight alternative to fiberboard and other core materials. -Mushroom Insulated Sheathing: Add continuous insulation to a retrofit or new construction… without any plastic foam. Mycelium Design. Mycotecture: Making Mushrooms Much More Than a Dinner Ingredient.
Posted by erika rae | 25 Feb 2014 | Comments (1) These chairs were grown with 12 separate molds over the course of two weeks Google "mycotecture" and Phil Ross is the first hit you'll see.
For good reason, too. His work features a combination of fungi grown over a number of weeks, burgeoning to become colorful statement pieces of edible furniture and art. That's not even the kicker—not only are they edible, they're biodegradable, flame-retardant and practically bulletproof. Ross' intrigue with mycotecture isn't just an experiment in food design. While I was terrible in high-school science and math, my education about the life sciences emerged from a wide engagement with materials and practices. Terreform. The Infinity Burial Project. Unexpected Visitor Jorge Restrepo creates Mycelium.