Mycelium-based materials at the dawn of the Anthropocene

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Abstract

This paper presents the first results of a method for the fabrication of biologically augmented materials by engaging with the unique properties of complex non-linear fungal systems. We in- vestigate the practical requirements to produce mycelium-based materials as a case-study of closed-loop materiality, focused on the importance of its terrestrial attachment. Indeed, modernity leaves us with devasted landscapes of depleted resources, waste landfill, queries, oil platforms. At the time of the Anthropocene, the various effects the human role has on the constitution of the soils create an acceleration of material entropy. It is the terrestrial entanglement of fungal mate- rials that we investigate by offering an alternative fabrication paradigm based on the growth of resources rather than on extraction. Unlike the latter, biologically augmented materials can grow in abundance with little energy by combining micro-organisms such as fungal mycelium with natural fibres rich in cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructures and Architecture - Bridging the Gap and Crossing Borders: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2019)
PublisherCRC Press, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton
Pages1083-1090
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-22912-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
EventFourth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2019) - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 24 Jul 201926 Jul 2019

Conference

ConferenceFourth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2019)
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period24/07/1926/07/19

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