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Mycelium Blocks:
Mycelia Amalgamation Methods for
Urban Growth

Credits: Mitchell Joachim, Maria
Aiolova, Oliver Medvedik, Dylan
Butman, Greg Mulholland.

Mycoform structure grown from strains
of fungi into a specific 3D fabricated
geometry. The main objective of
Mycoform is to establish a smart,
self-sufficient, perpetual-motion
construction technology. By
combining fungal mycelia with
varying types of organic substrates
and carefully controlling their
expansion within prefabricated
molds, we will create the literal
growth of structural materials. The
Mycoform is grown from biological
materials. The process is pollution
free, and has the potential to contain
a low embodied energy as part of a
local ecosystem. The polypore fugal
species Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi),
possesses enzymes that readily digest
a wide variety of cellulose based
organic byproducts. The rapid growth
of branching mycelia results in a
dense matrix capable of structural
support. The fugal substance is
combined with a strong and durable
outer layer shield of compacted
material such as recycled aluminum.
The Mycoform Building Block
production is a low-tech, low energy
process. Few inexpensive readily
available tools, free refuse and
agricultural byproducts, 80 F and
humidity is all that is needed to
compact and grow a mycelium
building block. The technology is
easily transferable to the developing
world where building materials are
scarce and expensive.The New
Museum model was grown in a
period of 10 days in incubator
starting with a mixture of oak pellet
fuel, wheat bran, gypsum, and
hydrogen peroxide resulting in a
dense mycelium structure.
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New Museum NYC grown of Mycoform