Biological Futures: Urbanism and Emerging Building Material Life Cycles
In conversation with Dr Mae-ling Jovenes Lokko & Dr Vincent Walsh.
Dr Mae-ling Jovenes Lokko & Dr Vincent Walsh will have an open discussion about the wider context of “Hack the Root”, a commission by RIBA North for Liverpool Biennial 2018. This will lead into a discussion investigating emerging biomaterial technologies, bio-cycle methodologies and how these new tools are expanding our biological understanding and capacities. We hint towards a new biological age, where cities act as metabolic hubs and ecological life support systems.
RIBA North and Liverpool Biennial have commissioned Mae-ling Lokko to develop a project using Grow-It-Yourself workshops to produce an architectural structure from agrowaste-fed mycelium (mushrooms).
The structure which shifts along its length from ‘Root to Rhizome’ – from mass produced biomaterial to locally produced biobricks - will be grown, nurtured and installed by students, school children and community groups from Liverpool.
The mushroom grow chambers will be in our City Gallery in June where visitors will be able to see the modules growing. The fully-grown material will be dried forming solid modular biobricks which will form the facade structure of 'Hack the Root' in the covered public realm outside RIBA North.
Visitors can walk within and around this structure and explore an exhibition in Gallery One which documents the whole process, its significance in terms of sustainable construction and future manufacturing and monitors the invisible performance of the structure outside.
Join Mae-ling Lokko before the exhibition opens to hear all about the project and the process.
Liverpool Biennial 2018 opens on Saturday 14 July 2018.
Hack the Root will be open 14 July to 28 October 2018.