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Building an Eco-Friendly Mushroom Tower at MoMA PS1

Friday, July 18, 2014

David Benjamin, principal of the architectural firm The Living, tells us about his project, Hy-Fi, a cylindrical tower built our of bricks made from cornstalks and the root-like structures of mushrooms, called mycelium. Hy–Fi is this year’s winner of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program, and it’s in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 through September 6.

Installation view of The Living’s Hy-Fi, the winning project of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2014 Young Architects Program. June 27-September 7, 2014.
Installation view of The Living’s Hy-Fi, the winning project of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 2014 Young Architects Program. June 27-September 7, 2014.

 

Guests:

David Benjamin

Comments [6]

Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

Maybe you could jump to the view exposing the flaw in this way of reasoning what "sustainability" is. The difficulty with using cellulose bricks to replace mineral bricks, thinking that the use of "glucose" would then replace the use of "oil"... is that all the math is imaginary and overlooks that
***the major problems of resource use...
***have NOTHING to do with the product produced...

The largest source of resource use is the running of the economy delivering the product, NOT the making of the product, often by a factor of 1000 or more...!

Why not have coffee or lunch sometime?

Jul. 19 2014 08:40 AM
Larry from Brooklyn

Cellulose is quite strong... wood is cellulose. What makes it strong is how it is assembled... fibers!

Jul. 18 2014 12:53 PM
suzinne from bronx

What a fabulous topic! Building in the new economy.

Jul. 18 2014 12:53 PM
Amy from Manhattan

According to M-W's dictionary, mycelium is a structure that's part of the fungus, not a genus or species of fungus. It's made up of filaments called hyphae--is that the basis of the name "Hy-Fi"?

This sounds like a great thing. Could it substitute for 3D printing for some uses?

Jul. 18 2014 12:49 PM
Peg

According to Wikipedia and many other sources Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. I think David Benjamin needs to find out the actual variety of mushroom that he uses. All mushrooms have mycelium.

Jul. 18 2014 12:45 PM
Lisa from CA

Mycelium is a physical part of a fungus,not a species. Many species of fungus/ mushrooms have mycelium.

Jul. 18 2014 12:44 PM

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