Your Building Is Alive and Well

Researchers in the UK are attempting to create something radical for the building industry: a living building skin. Like coral, this carbon negative compound is made from simple cells that can grow and multiply, which would not only combat climate change in a continually evolving way, but also protect the building that it houses like armor.

It seems almost like the plot to a classic horror movie--building comes alive! But unlike traditional ivy skin or plant facade, layers of this skin would eventually harden and become a part of the building itself.

The technology is years away from real application, but it does make you think about the future of architecture. How would this affect the way buildings are designed? Would it change the way people thought about taking care of their spaces, or how to use them? Is this the next way to engage with the natural world--by harnessing some of its power for constructive technology?

jessi probus
public relations specialist
FUNCTION:we’re into building things
through marketing, design and public relations

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