Slicing of a mycelium and sandstone experiment for inner growth analysis.
Meshes from a photogrammetric 3D scan of three of the mycelium and sandstone experiments.
Picture of the mycelium parsing over a programmed stack of clay.
Point cloud analysis of the mycelium parsing over
the programmed stack of clay.
While applied research in Architecture investigates ways of reducing the environmental impact of concrete, when using clay at this scale its cracking causes non-reliability in structures. To help prevent cracking, the goal of the present research is to assess the benefits of mycelium could have while grown on clay in terms of desiccation rate reduction. A computational process analyses cracking behaviour from material samples, and field feedback suggests an inoculation process that could be implemented in clay 3D printing. In the research duration, the fabrication of clay-mycelium samples was an iterative process. This process took a major part of the research and while lots of informations were produced (which are transcripted in this paper), the role of mycelium over clay desiccation could not be evaluated. These informations can help leverage future bioarchitecture researches and the computational process that was designed can be of help in picture analysis digital workflows.