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EDGE Roundtable: TOP 10 INNOVATION SPARKS July2018

Keynote, Benjamin Herring at the EDGE Innovation Roundtable, July 2018.

Keynote, Benjamin Herring at the EDGE Innovation Roundtable, July 2018.

At the July, 2018 EDGE Innovation Roundtable, We came together to connect, learn, and innovate.

We were truly lucky to be joined by our keynote speaker, C. BENJAMIN HERRING of redhouse studio, Cleveland, Ohio.

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."

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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

  1. 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?
     
  2. 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?
     
  3. 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?
     
  4. 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?
     
  5. Protein Power
    How might processed flours and pastes be created from fungi to supplement low-protein diets?
     
  6. Washing-mush-chine
    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?
     
  7. Old Waste, New Growth
    Could toxic, non-organic waste (such as plastics) be combined with new fungi growth to utilize waste and encourage sustainably?
     
  8. Fixing a Hole
    How might fungi be used to fill holes? Could mushrooms be used as industrial adhesive that grows around a joint?
     
  9. 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?
     
  10. If it Floats Your Boat
    How could fungi be used to create massive floating structures for multiple purposes as sea levels rise?

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Benjamin Herring of redhouse studio.

Benjamin Herring of redhouse studio.

EDGE Roundtable Announcement July 20, 2018

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Join us for connecting, learning and innovating at the EDGE Innovation Roundtable.

THEME

Agriculture for Architecture

QUESTION

How can we build sustainably and promote food security?

KEYNOTE

C. BENJAMIN HERRING  ben@redhousestudio.net
Project Manager, redhouse studio llc.

Ben will be discussing ways we can leverage agricultural waste to provide shelter and leverage shelter to provide food security.

Clifford Benjamin Herring is a Designer specializing in new materials and architectures for public good. Clifford was admitted to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society at Ball State University where he received degrees in Architecture and Economics. He has previously served as a board member for PBS and NPR member stations in Southern Indiana. He presently serves on the board of the Refresh Collective (formerly known as the Fresh Camp) and as a workshop advisor for MOOS (Make Our Own Spaces). His built work spans 19 states in the U.S.A. and the Andalucía region of Southern Spain. Ben has spoken at Ball State University on various topics including “Can Love Lie? Truth as a Structure for Empathy.”

DATE

July 20, 2018 (third Fridays).

12-1pm Lunch
1pm-2pm Social hour
2pm-4pm Roundtable

LOCATION

EDGE Innovation Hub (BeeHex Conference Room)
1130 Gahanna Pkwy, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

SPONSOR

Refreshments provided by BeeHex and Buzzsaw Brewing Company.

We're looking forward to the discussion.

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