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Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC), 
Barcelona, Spain

European projects team collaborator | October 2018 – November 2019

MYCO-SCAPE: Mushroom production prototype


Myco-scape is a modular system which supports the growth of edible mushrooms in the urban environment (public space/facades/ rooftops), producing both food and construction materials. It consists of modules to locate the mushroom substrate (straw and mycelium) and an external surface, parametrically designed, tailored to control the environmental conditions (e.g.shading and humidity).
The project, in detail, consists of the two following parts:
- cultivation area: where straw and mycelium spores remains for 3 weeks in order to allow mushrooms formation. After harvesting the mushrooms, the material contained in the cultivation area can be used as a construction material.
- external surface: it is mimicking the texture and function of a tree bark, which is the natural environment for the mushrooms. It has openings for the mushrooms to flower.
In order to develop a growing module as sustainable as possible, wood has been selected for the realisation of panels and frame structure. A second main objective of the installation, apart from the production of mushrooms, is to act as a demonstrator: creating a ‘culture of caring’ for locally sourced and produced food.
Barcelona, Spain
Federica Ciccone, Mohamad Elatab, Chiara Farinea, Sotiria Sarri
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