MYCELIUM

 

Category

Biodesign

Mycelium | Material innovation | 3D-printing

Carried out at

MA Biodesign

Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

Conducted with 

Carolina Kyvik Ruiz

Eleonora Rombolá

Cassandra Quinn

Kit Ondaatje Rolls

Tutors

Nancy Diniz | Course Leader

MA Biodesign

Carole Collet | Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures 

Alice Taylor | Lecturer of Biology and Living Systems

Shem Johnson | Grow Lab Specialist Technician

 

Press mentions

Material Library

Bioconstrução

Augmented Architecture

Location
London  —  UK

Date

Feb. 2020

Growing Grey Oyster mushroom (Pleutorus osteratus) from local waste. Designing with and for Nature.  

Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. Fungal colonies composed of mycelia are found in soil and on or in many other substrates. The aim of this project is to explore the use of mycelium as a biological binder in order to invent and test innovative materials.

We chose to realize the substrate with local Central Saint Martins waste. This strategy reduces waste incineration by giving a second life to a product, saves energy, reduces carbon emissions (caused by material transportations), gives authenticity according to the location of the waste collection and promotes the waste value by using a circular economy. At the end, 80 % of the substrate recipe uses University waste. 

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Mycelium growth in M.E.Y.A. | Observation during 10 days.

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Simulation of the mycelium's skeleton | FIJI software.

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3D modeling by Carolina Kyvik Ruiz | Format: 26 x 26 cm.

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Mycelium tiles made from Central Saint Martins waste | Format: 26 x 26 cm.