Self-Healing FungalLeather - VUB at Venice Biennale 2023
Fungateria research by Vrije Universiteit Brussels brings a novel perspective to sustainable architecture, echoing the Belgian Pavilion's theme "In Vivo" at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023.
In mycelium-based materials, the fungal organism is usually inactivated after the manufacturing process. But what if the organism is kept alive?
The exhibit "Regeneration," based on research by Elise Elsacker and Simon Vandelook, highlights the self-healing potential of fungal leather. Presented across ten stages, the fungal leather demonstrates the material's ability to initiate and perpetuate its own regeneration, emphasizing the self-repairing capacity of mycelium.
This approach ties into the pavilion's aim to reevaluate architecture's role in a world of limited resources, signaling a future where building materials might not only be environmentally friendly but could also sustain and repair themselves.