26 Sep '12, 6pm

Mycotecture: Building with Mushrooms? This Inventor Says Yes

Mycotecture: Building with Mushrooms? This Inventor Says Yes

It should be no secret that mushrooms are incredible organisms -- they are edible, they can bio-remediate toxins , but did you know that they can also be used as an organic building material? Mycologists have worked long and hard to dispel so-called "fungi-phobia ," and inventor-artist Philip Ross is another visionary soul who has dedicated his life to mushrooms -- specifically quick-growing mycelia -- cultivating, drying and developing them as a potential building material which, says Inhabitat , "makes it stronger, pound for pound, than concrete." © Philip Ross © Philip Ross Mycelium make up the thread-like network below ground, connecting the so-called "fruiting bodies" of the mushrooms that are visible above ground, allowing them to absorb nutrients and are vital for decomposition of organic matter. Mycelia is what Ross cultivates and dries into forms that are incredib...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/mycotecture-...

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