3d Printed Bio-hybrid Structures: Investigating the architectural potentials of mycoremediation

Claudia Colmo, Phil Ayres

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In this paper, we present a speculative design concept for a mycelium-based living bio-hybrid architectural system. The system combines inoculated lignocellulosic substrates with soil-based 3d printed structures that function as growth scaffolds, material boundaries and spatial organisers. The primary objective of the system is to exploit mycelium as a living remediator of contaminated sites, in the form of architectural proposition. The feasibility of this concept is investigated in two ways:

1) material composition development and process control parameters for
soil-based 3d printing
2) the synthesis of printed prototypes to determine geometric and environmental parameters for promoting colonisation of mycelium and supporting its role as both structural binder and `Mycorestoration' agent

This work is contextualised with reference to the state-of-the-art in order to
identify the research gap and articulate the contribution of a mycelium-based
remediating architecture. The merits and limits of the experimental results are
reflected upon and trajectories of further investigation outlined.
TitelAnthropologic – Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age : Proceedings of the 38th International Online Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, Berlin, Germany, 16th-17th September 2020
RedaktørerLiss C. Werner, Dietmar Koering
Antal sider10
Publikationsdatosep. 2020
ISBN (Elektronisk)9789491207204
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2020
Begivenhed38th eCAADe Conference (online) 2020: Anthropologic - Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age - TU Berlin, Berlin , Tyskland
Varighed: 16 sep. 202017 sep. 2020


Konference38th eCAADe Conference (online) 2020
LokationTU Berlin

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