“The Mycelium Project,
Building House Parts with Fungi”
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
AIANY Custom Residential Architects Network
Myco Matters Lab, Kansas State University
In 2021, Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), one of 27 knowledge committees at the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) hosted a three-part workshop to explore the potential of mycelium, the thread-like structures (hyphae) in fungi as an innovative building material for residential construction. If homes could be retrofitted, remodeled, and/or restored using architectural components made from mycelium with minimal carbon used in its production, architects, engineers, and preservationists would have a new method and means to help decarbonize the building industry. Building future houses with house parts that are made from solely from this carbon-absorbing natural resource could dramatically reduce the impact the built environment will have on the natural environment.
Hear about how the collaboration of a team of architects, mycelium experts, building science engineers, structural engineers, and design students resulted in a hypothetical custom residential architectural commission, a retrofit for a large conservatory space within a home. What is mycelium and how can The Mycelium Project provide an introduction to experimentation and building with mycelium in the context of residential architecture.