Are Mushrooms Parametric?

Dilan Ozkan*, Ruth Morrow, Meng Zhang, Martyn Dade-Robertson

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Designing with biological materials as a burgeoning approach in the architecture field requires the development of new design strategies and fabrication methods. In this paper, we question if designers can use a parametric design approach while working with living materials. The research uses fungi as a biomaterial probe to experiment with the parametric behavior of living systems. Running design experiments using fungi helps to understand the extent to which biological systems can be considered parametric and, if so, what kind of parametric systems they are. Answering these questions provides a method to work with complex biological systems and may lead to new approaches of fabricating materials by tuning the environmental parameters of biological growth.
Original languageEnglish
Article number60
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2022


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