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Newcastle  University | 2021-22

In collaboration with: Jane Scott, Aileen Hoenerloh, Elise Elsacker, Romy Kaiser, Ahmet Topcu, Armand Agraviador, Ben Bridges, Dana Raslan

How can growth replace construction?

The BioKnit Prototype brings together biotechnology, digital fabrication, and computation in the production of a monolithic free-standing biohybrid structure. BioKnit was not grown in the lab. Instead, the team’s expertise with living materials enabled the growth stage to take place in “The OME” an experimental test bed in Newcastle.

The prototype is composed of mycelium, cellulose (produced by bacteria), and 3D knitting (knitted from wool and linen). These materials have a dramatically lower environmental impact compared to conventional construction materials and provide the opportunity to radically rethink how we build.

J. Scott, E. Elsacker, B. Bridgens, R. Kaiser, D. Ozkan, A. Hoenerloh, et al., Hi-tech/ Low-tech/ Bio-tech Crafting the Bioknit Portotype, Birkhäuser, 2023 (p.61-75).
J. Scott, R. Kaiser, D. Ozkan, A. Hoenerloh, et al., Knitted Cultivation: Textiling a Multi-Kingdom Bio Architecture, in Structures & Architecture Volume 2, CRC Press, 2022 (p.3-10). ISBN: 978-0-367-90281-0.
A. Hoenerloh, D. Ozkan, J. Scott, Multi-organism composites: Combined growth potential of mycelium and bacterial cellulose in Biomimetics Special Issue, Fungal Architectures, 2022. 
J. Scott, D. Ozkan, A. Hoenerloh et al., BIOKNIT Buildings: Strategies for Living Textile Architectures, in the 1st international conference on Construction, Energy, Environment &Sustainability, 2021. 

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