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.

ABOUT THE STUDENT

Design by Data - Student Portrait - Adrien Rigobello

Adrien Rigobello

Academic Coordinator for Design by Data Program and for Digital Fabrication at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.
Computational Designer / Founder of thr34d5.
Strategic Designer in Open Science School (Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire, Paris).
Graduate from the Advanced Master Design by Data.
Cheesemonger.

Adrien is a computational designer obsessed by dynamic systems and materials’ behaviour. 
I am frequently working with various startups in business development and strategy & I am invested in innovation communities in Paris (Open Science School – CRI). I have been working in industrial transformation for the Life Science Industry for seven years (change management regarding technologies, human resources, organization, economics – CAPEX impacts up to 4M€).

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"Digital Seismograph: Cracking Characterisation Of A Clay-Mycelium Matrix" by Adrien Rigobello.