Exhibition at The Barbican: Bio-Augmented Materiality

What if our buildings could protect us – not just by putting a roof over our heads, but contribute to our internal health as well? Drop in and discover how our future cities might look.

Come and feel what the future might feel like, with the substances and materials that our future homes, offices and civic spaces might be made from and learn how our built environment can interact with our bodies own microbial environment.

Dr Richard Beckett from the Bartlett School of Architecture is conducting research along with the NOTBAD research group into buildings made from living materials, ones which can be resilient to disease and can adapt to environmental extremes such as storms and flooding with the ability to sense damage, self-repair and even re-assemble themselves.

On Sunday 7 July, try your hand at building your own sustainable concrete structures and sculptures using CornCrete. CornCrete can also be set extremely quickly using a microwave, meaning you can make and take your creation with you.

Richard Beckett Bio-Augmented Design

 

NOTBAD is funded by the AHRC. Project Team: Richard Beckett (PI), Dr Sean Nair (CO-I) & Dr Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa. An interdisciplinary group of designers and scientists with expertise in architecture, microbiology and antimicrobial resistance. The project is exploring a novel approach towards preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistance by reversing the notion of sterilising our walls and floors and instead encouraging the growth of other benign or beneficial microbes.

CornCrete is an ongoing project by Bartlett students Andrew Metzler, Mariana Madriz-Bonilla, Hegen Wu, Danyang Li.

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