With its biodegradable buildings, Cleveland-based studio Redhouse Architecture is working to pave the way to sustainability and affordable housing. Currently, the firm is in the process of perfecting a technique that is described as "biocycling." The idea is to tear down derelict homes and to create pulp from the construction waste. Afterward, the material is mixed with mushroom mycelium. This is a vegetative part of fungi and it has the ability to "bind the mixture together as it grows, creating a mass that can be compressed to form [a] new [...] material." Architects can then cut it and use it as bricks or insulation for biodegradable buildings. This unlocks the possibility for sustainable and affordable permanent or temporary accommodations.
Thus, the biodegradable buildings do not only speak to ecology but also actively address the housing crisis in Cleveland.