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Group 08 { Mush Farm }

Design and explore urban mushroom farming // Model making

Atelier: Contested Peripheries

Sean C // Niamh C // Atiqah AR // Nur S // Pui L // Godwin A // Marium ES // Jaemin S // Meriel S // Nikita C // Nasr H // Rebecca B // Georgia H // Narinderpal L // Abbey M // Sian W // Akintomiwa O // Iraklida N

the mushrooms would then be hung from the final arch
Posted 20 May 2014 00:00
The planks were then nailed together and erected into an arch that stretched across a tree that stood in the middle
Posted 19 May 2014 23:58
The crates were broken into their individual planks and then had all nails removed
Posted 19 May 2014 23:56
We collected these wooden crates from different sites to use in order to build our installation
Posted 19 May 2014 23:47
We left the mushrooms aside to grow whilst the installation was to be built
Posted 19 May 2014 10:27
we planted the mushrooms in plastic bottles with coffee
Posted 18 May 2014 22:39
Day 6
The project was finished, and the exhibition complete! A video installation and posters informed visitors of the aims of the project and how it was achieved, and the mushrooms were hung from the frame. The mushrooms haven’t yet grown from the mould, but overall the project was successful in that everyone got to contribute to the designing and building process, and could grow their very own part of the overall project. I thoroughly enjoyed the project MushFarm, and I am impressed with the outcome of the team to create the functional and beautiful installation.
Posted 17 May 2014 21:35
Day 5
The exhibition was discussed for the mushroom farm, and was decided there would be a looping film on display to show the process of building the farm structure, with posters explaining the concept of the project, the trip to the Biospheric Foundation that gave inspiration to the idea of recycling materials to create food, and how the mushrooms were grown.
Posted 17 May 2014 21:34
Day 4+
The building process of the structure was started and finished, and the pallets were separated into single planks and made into an arc. These single planks were drilled together in two arc halves, and connected at the end to create one large arc that utilised the tree as a central organic figure.
Posted 17 May 2014 21:29
Day 4
The mushroom bottles are beginning to grow white fungus-mould across the surface! These will soon be ready to slash open and spark the fast growth of mushrooms from the mould.
Posted 17 May 2014 21:13
Day 3+
We settled on the idea of a large arching build, that utilised the tree as a central point and would have an organic and beautiful curve to it, to allow the mushroom baskets to be suspended. This could also be sat on either side, with the idea people could walk under the arch to pick mushrooms, and relax and eat them upon the side-benches.
Posted 17 May 2014 20:57
Day 3
We imported the pallets and began brainstorming group ideas of how to put them together. (draw some quick plans of some ideas). Ideas included a cantilever, hanging mushrooms, stacked piles of crates, curving around the floorspace, seating or steps, ect.
Posted 17 May 2014 20:54
Day 2+
We began planting the mushrooms. We layered them within recycled coffee grounds in plastic bottles, utilising waste products, and watered the coffee. We put the lids on lightly so as to allow a little air to the bottle, spurring the growth of (hopefully) white mould across the coffee.
Posted 17 May 2014 20:51
Day 2
Changes in plans had us revising the original idea of using recycled tesco green plastic crates to using recycled wooden pallets, which were more readily available. Due to this change there were fewer units of material to build with, so the groups merged to make one big farm rather than three individual ones.
Posted 17 May 2014 20:44
Day 1+
We got split into three groups of four, and each group could design a build for the farm. We spent the day brainstorming and sketching ideas on how to make this farm.
Posted 17 May 2014 20:42
Day 1
We met the team and got told the brief for the farm: We would be utilising waste products (in this case local used coffee grounds) to grow mushrooms from it – we would put the seed in the grounds, water it, keep it under minimal ventilation until the grounds grew mould. Then the bottles would be opened, and the changing atmosphere of air would spurt quick growth of edible fungus. These bottles would be displayed on a farm we would design and build from recycled tesco crates.
Posted 17 May 2014 20:40
Final day exhibition demonstrating some of the principles of the 'blue economy'. We had utilized waste products like used pallets from construction sites, recycled containers from home, and used coffee grounds from the local cafe, to design and build an urban mushroom farm.
Posted 17 May 2014 02:38
The fully operational mushroom farm on a sunny day.
Posted 17 May 2014 02:26
The vessels accommodating the growing mushrooms are secured to the built intervention with thread.
Posted 17 May 2014 02:14
Presentation stand construction completed. It has been designed and built to house a laptop, which will screen the video of the entire project, and to frame the mushroom farm intervention from a defined angle.
Posted 17 May 2014 02:10
A rooftop polytunnel for growing leaf crops and a forest garden using the techniques of a woodland ecosystem are some of the ways the Biospheric Foundation are able to replicate the conditions of distant ecosystems in an urban environment.
Posted 17 May 2014 02:02
2 of the food production systems at the Biospheric Foundation. A vertical leaf crop farming system and indoor mushroom growing.
Posted 17 May 2014 01:38
Planting mushroom spawn by mixing it in with the used coffee grounds in a re-used plastic jar.
Posted 17 May 2014 01:34
Day 7: (Exhibition)
On the Final Day, we held a exhibition on the ground floor of Chatham (Courtyard), it was some what was a successful exhibition.
Posted 17 May 2014 00:12
Day 6-
We finally hung the plastic bottles on the frame, ready for the exhibition.
Posted 16 May 2014 23:16
Day 5-
We started designing information posters about our MushFarm.
Posted 16 May 2014 22:59
Final presentation of urban growing intervention and information stand
Posted 16 May 2014 19:16
Bottle with mushroom planted inside hung from the intervention
Posted 16 May 2014 19:16
Information stand built and complete
Posted 16 May 2014 19:14
Building the stand that will be used on the final day to act as an information point
Posted 16 May 2014 19:11
Day 6
The mushroom bottles were cut and hung from the structure and the presentation sheets were displayed.
Posted 16 May 2014 18:30
Final Dayy
Posted 16 May 2014 17:21
Final Day# Information post
Posted 16 May 2014 17:21
Final Day# Double-function installation (Mushfarm and seating space)
Posted 16 May 2014 17:19
Final Day # Hanging mushrooms, MushFarm
Posted 16 May 2014 17:18
Final day and our intervention is a success!!!
Posted 16 May 2014 14:46


Today was the final day for the mush farm event.
We cut open the bottles and hang them on the structure.
We also prepared a film and posters to show for the people who comes to the courtyard.
Mushrooms were not fully grown but it shows the process of the growth.
Posted 16 May 2014 14:23
Final Day

Wrapping up with a group photo. It's been a pleasure!
Posted 16 May 2014 12:25
we cut open the bottles of mushrooms and then displayed them by hanging them from the frame. Unfortunately mine hadn't grown!
Posted 16 May 2014 12:24
Final Day!

The information post as we enter our exhibition.
Posted 16 May 2014 12:23
another part of our farm where the laptop sits to play our time-lapse of the event
Posted 16 May 2014 12:22
Final Day!

The outcome of the mushrooms that we have planted earlier being part of the intervention
Posted 16 May 2014 12:22
Chilling on our mushroom farm!
Posted 16 May 2014 12:21
Final Day!

Start of the day: setting up the mushrooms, etcetera for exhibition
Posted 16 May 2014 12:20
Presentation sheets printed out and pinned up explaining our project
Posted 16 May 2014 12:19
This was a structure built to support the video projection our timeline of our event.
Posted 16 May 2014 12:01
Day 7: Group photo! We nailed it👍✨
Posted 16 May 2014 12:01
Today we started hanging out mushrooms on our structure in the courtyard ready for display.
Posted 16 May 2014 11:59
Day 7: the bottles are up!
Posted 16 May 2014 11:54
Day 4.4
We started to plant our mushrooms on this day by filling our bottles or any other containers with coffee waste.
Posted 16 May 2014 11:53
Day 5
Before building the arch we made two pieces to fit arouynd the tree. The reason we form our arch like that was due to leonardo Da Vinci arch form, he devised a method for creating a self supported arched bridge that doesn't require anything to hold together,
Posted 16 May 2014 11:49
Day 6: final touch up for the installation
Posted 16 May 2014 11:46
Posted 15 May 2014 22:22
structure to support film of process
Posted 15 May 2014 22:22
Posted 15 May 2014 22:21
To journey in the context of landscape is to reconnect to a deeper part of ourselves, to not be connected with others and their ideas, but share a deeper sense of ‘quale’ that architecture negates in its need to secure, commodify and make accessible. The landscape, desert and forest somehow enhance, magnify and distort the human condition, its very complexity echoing our inner life. John Fowles, in The Tree (1979), likens the forest to our brains, a sort of extended mind where we can hide from the linear thinking of cities and reconnect to our Green Man within: he suggests cities should be more like forests.3 I suggest that architects rediscover the psychological and spiritual benefits of forests, mountains, caves, lagoons, beaches and dells in our attempts at urban planning and architecture.

Louis Kahn called such essential places the conceptual ‘laws’, upon which the architect could then set about ‘designing’, without which, he argued, the rules of design were wasted.4 How often have you seen ‘designed’ architecture and not made any connection with the space? Yet the urge to comprehend and connect with the landscape or use it as a backdrop has possessed Western culture for centuries. Our architecture, from the classical piano rustico and Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘land-huggers’, to the ‘sky hooks’ of the Constructivists and skyscrapers of New York, all have elemental references. Perhaps now such natural references could be more intimate and subtle.
Architectural Design, ‘The New Pastoralists’
Posted 15 May 2014 22:16
A projecting structure, such as a beam, that is supported at one end and that carries a load at the other end or along its length
any rigid structural member, esp. one projecting from a vertical support, in which the fixed end is in compression and the free end in tension.
Posted 15 May 2014 21:59
Is a 'cantilever' an example of an architectural symbiotic relationship ??
Posted 15 May 2014 21:55
Cymothoa exigua, or the tongue-eating louse, is a parasitic crustacean that enters fish through the gills and then attaches itself at the base of the fish's tongue. It extracts blood from the fish causing the tongue to atrophy from lack of blood. The parasite then replaces the fish's tongue by attaching itself to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue. It appears that the parasite does not cause any other damage to the host fish.
Posted 15 May 2014 21:48
lichen! They are a perfect example of symbiosis - a fungus and a green alga living in harmony to produce a dual organism. this is Cladonia pyxidata. It has a scale-like squamulose structure and stalked cups called podetia
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Arch complete. Clad in upcycled horizontal pallet strip.
Posted 15 May 2014 21:11
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Arch forms made in two pieces to fit around tree
Posted 15 May 2014 21:08
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Arch form model with tree
Posted 15 May 2014 21:04
Leonardo Da Vinci arch form.Sometime around 1485-1487, Leonardo DaVinci devised a method for building a self-supporting arched bridge that doesn’t require any ropes or other fasteners. The bridge's own weight keeps it together; the more you stack on it, the more stable it gets. It was originally meant to be a quick bridge for military usage
Posted 15 May 2014 21:02
coffee grains into empty bottes
Posted 15 May 2014 20:51
Filling bottles with coffee grains and sowing with 'mushrooms'
Posted 15 May 2014 20:49
I read this book as a gateway into theoretical applications of landscape architecture. It speaks of ways to use the land without abusing it, and also how we can create architecture to tread lightly in niche environments. It was a real delight to see how the project can make some interesting and light steps towards some of the book's main concepts. It definitely allowed me to explore some new crossovers in both Architecture and landscape architecture, where the two do not have to be separated into fixed categories, and can work as a unit.
Posted 15 May 2014 10:59
This was another design we created as we had some spare pallets to play around with. It was a sheltered component that would accomodate a laptop, and play a video of the intervention being built. This hut made use of a lot of the spare pallets, and as you can see from the picture above, there was next to nothing waste!
Posted 15 May 2014 10:34
The material we had to use had now changed to standard wooden pallets, and therefore the design had to be changed. Once we collected the pallets we started drawing, discussing and then arranging the pallets on new forms and shapes, with an array of functionalities.
Posted 15 May 2014 10:33


We were making poster with information about mushfarm for the event day
Indivisually take each part to make and put them together and it will be printed out tomorrow
Also we cut open the bottles we put mushroom seeds in
Some of them are successful but some of them failed
But all will be presented on the event day!
Posted 14 May 2014 17:10
I can smell mushroom 😁 lets wait for few days more!
Posted 14 May 2014 12:10
Day 3 # Carrying pallets from the construction sites around Chatham building.
Posted 14 May 2014 11:17
Day 3 #Biospheric Foundation tour
Posted 14 May 2014 11:13
Some of the mushrooms are growing well ...
Posted 14 May 2014 01:01
Our intervention DONE !
Posted 14 May 2014 01:00
Great to see that the structure is still standing despite the weather... Although some mushrooms do not appear to be growing!
Posted 14 May 2014 00:52