At the July, 2018 EDGE Innovation Roundtable, We came together to connect, learn, and innovate.
Ben enlightened us with his work in mycology (the study of mushrooms) and exposed us to the potential of agriculture for architecture. As stated by Ben, "'Agriculture for Architecture" operates on the premise that architecture can be grown. More specifically speaking, that building materials can be grown. Materials such as wood and bamboo have been cultivated from nature and used for buildings for centuries. These past practices of cultivating nature are still providing new opportunities for how we can build architecture differently today. This talk will concentrate on…the use of the waste from mushroom agriculture (fungal mycelium) to create new construction materials."
We asked the question “How can we build sustainably and promote food security?” We discussed possible innovation sparks that could make the world a better place.
TOP 10 INNOVATION SPARKS
- Grow Your House
How could fungi and other Bioterials™ be used to build residential structures? How are the advantages of fungi suited to different markets of human interests and need?
- Willy Wonka’s Mushroom Factory
Could we eat the walls of our new homes? What is the potential for creating interior mushroom farms that feed the people who live inside fungi structures?
- Genetic Modification
Fungi characteristics could be enhanced for a wide range of problem solving. How could we innovate fungi through genetic modification (GM)? Possibilities include, faster growing capabilities, better impact absorption for packaging, and Bioluminescence. There are around 75 known species of bioluminescent fungi — could structural walls self-light?
- It’s Electric
Electric conduction is a capability of every living organism. So, how might fungi structures move electricity for efficiency. Could this concept pair with solar power?
- Protein Power
How might processed flours and pastes be created from fungi to supplement low-protein diets?
Fungi contain natural characteristics of fire resistance, insulation, and water filtration. Could fungi be grown as structure for industrial and residential appliances, such as ovens, refrigerators, and washing machines?
- Old Waste, New Growth
Could toxic, non-organic waste (such as plastics) be combined with new fungi growth to utilize waste and encourage sustainably?
- Fixing a Hole
How might fungi be used to fill holes? Could mushrooms be used as industrial adhesive that grows around a joint?
- In 4-D
4-D printing adds the element of change-over-time in addition to the additive process of 3-D printing. How could fungi be used as the growth component that changes a printed object over time?
- If it Floats Your Boat
How could fungi be used to create massive floating structures for multiple purposes as sea levels rise?
This Sh*t is Crazy
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