I’m a masterstudent of Architecture and I’m doing a project about self-growing architecture.
It is a concept where we let nature decide the architectural shapes of the future. We are now working on a case to let mycelium grow big structural elements. With this project we want to attract more attention of people, designers, architects and let them see the positive qualities of mycelium. We are already trying things, but had some questions (mostly our teachers ) about certain technical elements and hoped that someone could help us with this. Thanks in advance!!
Because we are working on a big scale the baking proces could cause some problems. We were wondering if the baking of mycelium is really necessary?
Would it cause problems (for people when they touch it, buildings, nature or other organisms,…) when we would not bake the mycelium? what are the pro’s and con’s?
Does the baking of mycelium have effects on the biodegradability of the mycelium structures?
Lets say: I have fully grown my mycelium structures and I would put them in my garden. Would this mycelium construction attract other organisms like insects, bacteria, animals,… ? Is there a difference in this topic when it would be (un)baked?
Lets say we would cover our structures with a certain type of mycelium leather and it starts raining, hailing,… would this damage or effect the mycelium leather? So yes, could we take some precautionary measures to prevent this from happening?
Would our base structures be affected in this same situation if they are not covered?
Is it possible to make mycelium leather on big scales like fabrics and other textiles to cover our big structural grown elements? And has the leather the same biodegradability and qualities as normal mycelium grown structures?
Our teachers were wondering how eco-friendly mycelium items really are? They understand that it is a natural and eco friendly material, no doubt about that! But they are concerned about the entire making proces of the objects. How environmentally friendly is the proces? Because the making of the molds, the entire baking proceses, transportations if necessary are still very polluting in their eyes. What is the real ecological footprint of a mycelium grown item? (we already tried to search this online, but without succes)
Sorry for the ton load of questions, but we really hope someone could help us out with this! If anyone has some more ideas about this that could help us, our some insights we need to consider and must not overlook! All help and information is appreciated!!
Thanks in advance!!