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.
Professor Jan Wurm
Regenerative Design and Biofabrication in Architecture, KU Leuven
Professor Phil Ayres
The Royal Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation
Head of Department, The Royal Academy – Architecture, Design and Conservation