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Mushroom Bricks Stronger than Concrete?

By Eden Marie Truth Theory

This mycologists figured out how to make bricks made from growing fungi that are super-strong and water-, mold- and fire resistant.

To most people, mushrooms are a food source. To mycologist (mushroom scientist) Philip Ross,  fungi are much, much more. In fact, Ross is most passionate about mushrooms’ ability to be used for building materials and it is this is what he primarily focuses his attention on. Recently, the mycologists figured out how to make bricks from growing fungi that are super-strong and water-, mold- and fire resistant.

Inhabitat reports that the 100% organic and compostable material is made from dried mycelium and then is grown and formed into just about any shape. It has a remarkable consistency that makes it stronger – pound for pound – than concrete. He recently patented his own version of the mycotecture procedure.

During an interview with Glasstire, Ross explained:

“It has the potential to be a substitute for many petroleum-based plastics. It’s left the art world and seems to have entered a Science Fiction novel or something like that. With this stuff it’s possible to go into regional production of biomaterials. For instance, here in San Francisco, we could start producing lots of local materials using this fungus and could create a pilot project of sorts.”

IMAGE CREDIT: Phil Ross and  The Workshop Residence.

Source – TruthTheory 

Mushroom Construction!

Mycologist Philip Ross is seriously into mushrooms, but not as a food — instead, he uses fungi as a building material. Beneath the surface of the ground, fungi form a wide network of thin, rootlike fibers called mycelium. That part of the fungus isn’t particularly tasty, but Ross discovered that when dried, it can be used to form a super-strong, water-, mold- and fire-resistant building material. The dried mycelium can be grown and formed into just about any shape, and it has a remarkable consistency that makes it stronger, pound for pound, than concrete. The 100% organic and compostable material has even piqued the interest of NYC’s MoMa PS1, where the award-winning Hy-Fi Mushroom Tower pavilion is currently being built.

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We discovered Ross’ unique mycelium material at The Workshop Residence in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood during AIA SF‘s month-longArchitecture and the City festival.

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“I want to demonstrate how you can create this kind of fabrication using local agricultural waste,” Ross told Food Republic regarding his Workshop Residence furniture.

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A variety of different lacquers and finishes can also be applied to the outer layer of the brick to seal it and give it a glossy finish.

Read the full article Inhabitat