INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

July 11, 2014 by  
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You may have heard the riddle about mushrooms being the only rooms with no walls, but David Benjamin is flipping the script on the old joke with some incredible mycotecture built from mushroom bricks! The architect and his firm, The Living , are pushing the boundaries of design by experimenting with biotecture, blurring the lines between biology and built environments. Their latest efforts have culminated in the world’s first tower made from fungus , which debuted at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York last week. We recently had the chance to pick Benjamin’s brain about the future of mycotecture (mushroom architecture) , the benefits of biological buildings and what inspired this innovative new Hy-Fi tower in Queens. Read on to see what the biotect, innovator and director of the “Living Architecture Lab” at GSAPP has to say. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biotecture , buildings made of mushrooms , David Benjamin , eco design , fungus bricks , fungus tower , green design , inhabitat , inhabitat interview , innovative architecture , living architecture 3:47 ecovative , MoMA PS1 , moma ps1 mushroom building , mushroom brick , mushroom bricks , mushroom buildings , mushroom tower , mycelium , mycelium bricks , mycotecture , PS1 , sustainable design , the living

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World’s First Tower Made from Mushrooms Takes Root at MoMA PS1 in New York

June 26, 2014 by  
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Mushrooms aren’t just for eating anymore. Biotect David Benjamin and his firm, The Living, recently completed their latest project – the world’s first tower made of fungus bricks – at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York. The shroomy, biodegradable building will be unveiled later tonight at a press preview, but you can sneak a peek by checking out our gallery here . MORE PHOTOS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3m , Architecture , biobrick , David Benjamin , design competitions , ecovative , Hy Fi , living building materials , living buildings , moma , MoMA PS1 , MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Winner , museum of modern art , mushroom bricks , mushroom building , mushroom towers , organic bricks , organic building , organic building materials , organic buildings , PS1 , ps1 warmup , queens , the living , young architects program

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The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200

June 26, 2014 by  
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Standing desks are an ideal way to combat the health implications of sitting all day , but many people are turned off by the cost of buying one. That’s where The Upstanding Desk comes in, an affordable add-on that converts any regular desk into a workstation you can use while standing. Designed by Brooklyn-based designers Mikey Chen and Sam Carmichael , the desk costs less than $200, and there is even the option of buying the plans and making it yourself – assuming you have the necessary DIY skills. Read the rest of The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adjustable standing desk , Canadian plywood , flat-pack standing desk , Mikey Chen , Sam Carmichael , standing desk add-on , The Upstanding Desk

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Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture

August 30, 2013 by  
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The rate at which science has been evolving for the last few decades suggests it won’t be long before we’re able to build houses with bacteria . Manufacturing processes are close to replacing traditional factories with biological ones, where the tasks performed by digitally controlled machines will be taken by living, breathing and potentially even intelligent organisms . Read the rest of Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria house , bacteria houses , bioengineering , biomimicry , Building With Bacteria , Cambridge University , Columbia University , Columbia University biological research , David Benjamin , fossil fuels , glucose economy , Living Foundries Program , scientific research , The Living Thing        

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