Designing with biological materials as a burgeoning approach in the architecture field requires the development of new design strategies and fabrication methods.

The workshop focused on creating an observation system to (digitally) monitor biomaterials’ response to environmental changes. We aim to use mycelium (the roots of fungi) as our living material and plan to implement a field experiment with living mycelium composites. The workshop was held in the OME, which is an experimental building in the heart of the Newcastle University campus, where Hub for Biotechnology and the Built Environment (HBBE) researchers come together to collaborate, test and demonstrate their technologies
at a building scale.

The workshop had three stages: design, fabrication and evaluation. The design stage aims to find out how scaffolding geometry influences the diversity of the material microbiome. The fabrication stage focuses on 3D printing clay that can act as a scaffold for mycelium composites. Lastly, new methods including visual assessment, environmental sensing and microbiome study will be proposed to evaluate the outcome.

For more details about the workshop and project go to:

For the summary of the Interspecies Exploration by Bio-Digital Manufacturing Technologies (INSECT) workshop please click here. (PDF document)

If you would like to contact the research team contact Dilan Ozkan at

This activity was funded via the Connected Everything call for events in 2022.

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