What: Mycelium tiles collection grown on local waste streams
Why: Upcycling waste locally, giving it a second life
How: Optimising the recipes through reiterating experiments, while making sense of it in the larger scale 
Where: London, UK
The project started with an exploration into the world of fungi, learning the different growth stages and inoculation methods. As our focus narrowed to using waste as a substrate, we started experimenting the growth of mycelium on different types of waste materials. This was essential to then being able to set a precise direction on optimizing our cultures on the major waste streams coming from the most local context available, the university itself, as a way to upcycle the abundant waste produced into a compostable material, while saving energy on transportation. The step that followed was a qualitative and quantitative investigation through field documentation, collection, and growth tests on different types of waste materials available from the university cafeteria, workshops, design studios. 
The final step was a speculation on the potential application of mycelium tiles, such as water filtration, in order to address water scarcity as an environmental issue. This is why for the design of the mold we were inspired by a seed surface that retains wáter, captured in a microscopic picture by Rob Kesseler. This was reproduced in Rhino, then CNC printed into a 3D object which was then used to vacuum form the actual molds to grow the mycelium tiles.
Project conducted with 1. Paula Camina 2.Cassandra Quinn, Carolina Kyvik Ruiz, Kit Ondaatje Rolls, Marie Melcore - within MA Biodesign, CSM UAL
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