An international collaboration for
designers working with fungi as a biomaterial
Mycelium offers a vast array of functions for real-life applications, especially in design. Since it is a relatively new material in the architectural field, there is still a vast scope of research and implementation to be carried out within the field. This leads to lots of novel approaches, information and ideas from those working with fungi, which would benefit from a space to share this.
There are mycology and fungi societies, UK Fungus Day, British Mycological Society, which exist however the majority are biology rather than design orientated. The Fungal Materials & Biofabrication group on Facebook and the BioFab Forum are early collectives that emerged to facilitate the sharing of information for the biodesign community. These collectives, however, formed with ‘maker culture’, meaning though there is helpful information and a good basis there is a lack of professional input or academic development. Therefore, there remains a need for a community for experts on the subject. With this purpose in mind, Mycology for Architecture (MycoTecture) would act as an international collaboration, facilitating the sharing of knowledge and ideas about fungi and their role in architecture. This aims to allow those working with fungi as a biomaterial to help each other, find individual collaborators, and build up a library of methods and projects.
> Mycology for Architecture aims to organise an hour talk by inviting a variety of people and groups leading the field. The topics would cover a range including different method and purpose of producing/using mycelium materials. . In the future, these talks can move from fungi to other biomaterials such as bacterial cellulose and algae.
> The talks will be on the last Thursday of each month (starting from July 2021) and shared via the HBBE-YouTube channel.
> Running each session on a specific issue will give the opportunity to build sub groups by people who are working on similar goals. These sub-groups have potential such as collaborating for new research proposals /funding / exhibition pieces for design weeks/biennale/conferences. Workshops and courses in biodesign can be formed from specific issues to enable further specialisation.
> Building up a project library by collecting information about the presenters. By the end, the whole collection can be a case study creating a whole monograph book.