living after use?


Hi all,

I’m new to the world of mycelium and biofacriction and was wondering if you could help me out. I am applying for a fellowship right now that would give me time and money to pursue questions related to the incorporation of living organisms into design, technology and our built environment. Biofab is of course very relavant. It seems like in most case once a shape or material is grown the organism is killed before the material gets used. Are any of you aware of instances in which the organism is kept alive for some purpose during its use? Maybe for regeneration or as a pesticide of some sort. Let me know if anything comes to mind!



I remember Rachel Armstrong working on something related. She wanted to “rescue” Venice by reinforcing the foundations with bacteria. Here’s a movie about it:

Pretty cool idea!

Where are you based @Charliesb3? Myself I’m in Ghent, Belgium, where we have an open lab where a lot of people apply biofabrication.


Hi Winnie,
Thanks for the tip, that is right up my alley. I am based in Colorado Springs, USA. I’m still finishing up my college degree, but I want to pursue some type of biofab when i graduate in a few months. What kind projects are you working on in Ghent?


I’m more working on education and support @Charliesb3 . I organized a professional in depth training on mycomaterials in August. It was a success, so another one is coming in November. Early 2019 I’m setting up a larger biofabrication bootcamp specifically for young designers and students:

What degree are you finishing? And what kind of work do you see yourself doing in the biofab field?