FUNGAR PI – Phil Ayres – participates in a panel discussion at the Materials of Tomorrow symposium as part of the 3 Days of Design festival, Copenhagen

Materials of Tomorrow is a half day symposium exploring the potential of new sustainable materials within the design & architecture industries.

The event will feature voices from experts and practices that in various ways deal with and relate to circularity and regeneration through the lens of materials.

3 Days of Design
Material Matters
Office Kim Lenchow

3 Days of Design

Office Kim Lenchow

Natural Materials Studio by Bonnie Hvillum

Grant Gibson, Co-founder, Material Matters
Helen Job, Head of Research, SPACE10

Speaker shortlist:
Caroline Till – FranklinTill, UK
Bonnie Hvillum – Natural Material Studies, Denmark
Kim Lenchow – Office Kim Lenchow, Denmark
Phil Ayres – Chair for Biohybrid Architecture, CITA / FUNGAR / FUNGATERIA
Ineke Hans, Studio Ineke Hans, Germany/Holland
Fernando Laposse – Designer, Mexico
Akanksha Deo Sharma – Designer, IKEA, Sweden
Flocus – Material start up, Italy, China and Netherlands

Open access Fungal Architectures book now available

The FUNGAR consortium is delighted to announce the publication of the Fungal Architectures open access book which assembles the sixteen accepted papers for the MDPI Special Issue of the journal Biomimetics.

The print edition of this Special Issue is available here.

Andrew Adamatzky, Han A.B. Wösten and Phil Ayres , Eds.
Published: April 2023 Pages: 296
© by the authors

ISBN 978-3-0365-7347-2 (hardback); ISBN 978-3-0365-7346-5 (PDF)

FUNGAR PI – Phil Ayres – participates in a panel discussion at Building Green focusing on the future of Living Construction

When we build today, we extract materials from finite resources and leave behind a landscape of emptied quarries, gravel pits and mines. In a future of sustainable construction, materials are bio-based and part of biological cycles in planetary balance. But must the biological materials necessarily be harvested? Or can we simply build living houses, where the materials are alive and contribute to CO2 storage, natural networks and biocycles? In the debate, we will examine opportunities and challenges for this across research and practice.

Moderator: Natalie Mossin, Head of Department, The Royal Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation.

Debate facilitated by IBT: Living Future image

Professor Jan Wurm
Regenerative Design and Biofabrication in Architecture, KU Leuven

Debate facilitated by IBT: Living Future image

Professor Phil Ayres
The Royal Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation

Debate facilitated by IBT: Living Future image

Natalie Mossin
Head of Department, The Royal Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation

Fungal Architectures arts exhibition

Fungal Architectures arts exhibition. December 2021. The Island, Bristol, UK.

Irina Petrova Adamatzky
Andy Adamatzky
Anna Nikolaidou
Neil Phillips
Nic Roberts
Antonio Gandia

A. pantherina
Auricularia auricula-judae
Ganoderma lucida
Ganoderma lucidum
Irandus adamatzkis
Irandella fugium
L. gentianeus
Mycena stipata
P. ostreatus
P. polycephalum
Polyporus squamosus

Generated Kagome Morphologies

Generated Kagome weave

As part of our goal to develop new construction approaches to mycelium-based composites, we’re exploring the topology of kagome weaves. These complex weaves can act as in-place moulds and structural reinforcements for the mycelium. Furthermore, a kagome scaffold allows us to explore more intricate architectural forms that support a desired computational goal. Here, we showcase some recent advancements in the automatic generation of principled kagome topology given an arbitrary target morphology.

Animation of individual weavers travelling across the base morphology
Turntable of one iteration of a randomly generated Kagome weave

Automating the generation of kagome scaffolds enables us to insert it into an iterative process where the environmental, computational, spatial, and fungal objectives for the architecture loop back into the design definition and morph it to a multidimensional optimum.

Fungal Architectures exhibit at the ‘70% Less’ exhibition

We are delighted to have been selected to exhibit at the ‘70% Less CO2 – conversion to a viable age’ exhibition, held at the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen. Our exhibit is organised around four thematics related to on-going research enquiries within the project. These are:
1) Constituents
2) Composites
3) Computation
4) Constructions

1. Constituents – what are mycelium-based materials and what are they composed of?
2. Composites – how can we tune the properties of mycelium composites? Here, we showcase work in the structuring of substrates using orientated fibres to produce anisotropic designs.
3. Computation – how do we sense and compute with living mycelium and mycelium-based composites?
4. Construtions – what new construction approaches do mycelium -based materials suggest? Here, we demonstrate our approach using Kagome weaves composed of synthetic and organic materials that act as stay-in-place moulds and reinforcements.

The exhibition is open from 07.10.2021 – 14.01.2022, every week day from 1000-1700. Admission is free. For more details, see here.

Visit the exhibition virtually here