The conference will be held at the University Center in Chicago, USA from 29-30 October 2011.
This conference will explore the forms and functions of the constructed environment during a time of dramatic and at times disruptive change. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the past character and future shape of the built environment. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism.
In professional and disciplinary terms, the conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a transdisciplinary dialogue which encompasses the perspectives and practices of: architecture, anthropology, business, design, economics, education, engineering, environmental design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, sociology, town and regional planning, and transportation.
Eduardo Mayoral. Researcher.
Titled Paper: Growing Architecture Through Mycelium and Agricultural WasteGrowing architectural shelters by manipulating plant growth is not a new design strategy. It is easy to find many examples in traditional architecture or arborsculpture and tree shaping. However there are more sophisticated ways of programming matter to grow 100% organic and disposable architectural devices or usable structures, not only generating cero waste, but also nutrients for the environment.
This work explores the possibilities of a material developed by Ecovative Design, which is actually being used for insulating and packaging purposes, to generate usable structures and shelters shifting its scale and slightly modifying its composition.
Two different prototypes are designed and fabricated. The first one is a modular component whose topology and geometry can be modified to get more complex structures by aggregation. The geometries of this structures are tested using Ecotect to determine their behavior in terms of solar acces, lighting and thermal insulation. The second one is a thermal insulating structural wall prototype meant to build 100% disposable organic architectural shelters.
Keywords: Growing Architecture, Biocomposite, Ecovative, Greensulate, Insulation, Structure, Mycelium, Agricultural Waste, Density, Porosity, Aggregation, Active Life Cycle, Re-Cycling, Positive Impact
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English