If the idea takes off, fungi-based building material may help alleviate the often difficult to recycle toxic and hazardous byproducts of today's construction industry while providing an abundant supply of ready architectural components. Grow-your-own construction materials is just one of many ideas being explored by Brooklyn-based Planetary ONE.
Planetary ONE uses a form to carefully control, contain and shape fungal mycelia and varying types of organic substrates into structurally viable building blocks. The process is non-polluting, low-tech and low-energy, making fungi-based building material a practical solution for architectural applications.
Implications - With the world population increasing at an exponential rate, biologically-centered construction technologies like fungi-based architectural components hold the potential for across-the-spectrum smart self-sufficiency. Easy-to-obtain renewable building materials may well be a way to provide underserved and remote populations with affordable housing, but even more noteworthy are the possibilities for greening dense urban areas with organic bio-construction.