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Group 08 { Mush Farm }

Design and explore urban mushroom farming // Model making

Atelier: Contested Peripheries

Those of us in the intervention team had met up to start building the structure. The shape is derived mainly from Leonardo Da Vinci's Arch which is a structurally stable way to design an arch. It was built around the tree in the open space in Chatham because the location of the final placement also changed. It was tied down with rope to the base of the tree for support, a covering of planks to control sunlight and hang the mushrooms from, and it also has benches/steps on either side for relaxing or getting to hard to reach places.
Posted 13 May 2014 20:28
The whole day was about understanding the process of economically growing mushrooms and the resourcefulness in local waste. We had a choice of pink, blue and brown oyster mushrooms, which could easily grow in a slightly damp container filled with coffee grounds. We all participated in the planting and the sense of community and doing activities together was enjoyable, which I feel helped us gain ideas about the design of the intervention.
Posted 13 May 2014 20:22
We started this project by working in groups of four and coming up with ideas of how we could use stackable plastic crates, that some local businesses offered to lend us, into an intervention that we could grow mushrooms and place in All Saints park. We all worked on this large roll of paper, and then would come to an agreement and pick the best idea. Our groups had several suggestions, and one of mine was to create an organic tree-like structure where we can hang the mushroom planters from.
Posted 13 May 2014 20:16
Day 6
A quick go at poster designing but we are going to change the format to match the others. Had a good day collaborating ideas and new designs to come.
Posted 13 May 2014 19:58
Day 5
Began and finished work on our structure after splitting all those palettes up and its looking good!
Posted 13 May 2014 19:54
In day 6 we started to build a smaller structure which will accommodate a laptop, which will be playing a video of the building of the first structure.
Posted 13 May 2014 16:30
Day5: (Part 2)
In second part of day 5 the structure was completed.
Posted 13 May 2014 16:28
In day 5 we came up with a final idea for the structure and started to make the structure outside, on the ground floor of Chatham in the courtyard.
Posted 13 May 2014 16:27
In day 2 we received the excess coffee powder from the coffee machines at the cafe in Chatham, and used that as soil to grow our mushrooms in which has been proven to work, we nuzzled the coffee excess into see through plastic bottles and seed of the Oyster mushrooms.
Posted 13 May 2014 16:25
In day 3 we went to the Biospheric Farm, to get a broader idea of what our objectives were.
Posted 13 May 2014 16:20
In day 1 we had to come up with ideas for a structure to accommodate the mushrooms.
Posted 13 May 2014 16:16
We finally created the structure for the mushrooms to be placed in.
Posted 13 May 2014 12:36
Day 3-
We finally decided on one idea, which was a blend of all three initial ideas. After we then started to experiment with the wooden crates we had collected
Posted 13 May 2014 12:34
Day 2-
We went to the Biospheric Farm, where we had a detailed talk about biospheric environments.
Posted 13 May 2014 12:28
Day 1-

On the first dat we split up into sub-groups to come up with initial ideas for the design of our Mush Farm.
Posted 13 May 2014 12:26
The construction of the final installation was completed.
Posted 13 May 2014 12:01
Day 5,
Today was an extra day in which we completed our construction. We used a new design of creating an arch way so we had to dismantle the crates in order to do this. we nailed them together and used the spare crates as buttresses to make it look more grounded in the site and also to be used as seating. Our site we used was the courtyard in the Chatham building.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:36
Day 5.5
This was the day we got to work on the structure in the courtyard. We worked as a group and with the help of other students to put the structure together. We used a new design to create an arch which went over the tree. This arch also had a seating area on either side. In order hold the arch together we nailed them.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:33
Day 2.2
We also on day two planted our mushrooms in objects we had bought in such as bottles and plastic bags
Posted 13 May 2014 11:28
Day 4,
We went out as a whole to get crates from the UOM building site and the building site behind the chatham building. In order to build our 1.1 structure.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:26
Day 3,
On this day we had the chance to visit Biospheric Foundation. This was an oppurtunity to speak the expect Vincent Walsh about the different systems of the biospheric farming they use to grow different fungi and plants.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:22
Day 4,
Today we changed the material we were using from plastic green smaller palettes to more industrial wooden palettes that are found on building sites. We travelled to two sites (one near Uni of Manchester on Oxford Road and one just behind Chatham) we then experimented with piling them up in different ways but we had to completely change our design as we didn't have enough to achieve what we wanted to with the plastic palettes.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:18
Day 2,
After the events introduction. We split up in groups of fours to come up with ideas of a structure for hand our mushrooms to hang off. Then we presented all our ideas, because we couldn't come to mutual agreement we merged all our ideas together.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:16
Day 1,
On this day we got to know one another, and got a presentation about what this event was about and the theories behind it.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:12
Day 3,
We went to the Biospheric Foundation in Salford to understand more about urban farming and mushroom farming in particular. We spoke to Vincent Walsh to learn about the different systems that they use to grow different plant and fungi.
Posted 13 May 2014 11:03
Day 2.1
Today we all presented our group proposals and merged them together at the end of the day. My groups proposal was to create a pyramid shape that curved over the top and created a 'cave-like' shape that we could hang our mushrooms off (that we planted in objects such as milk bottles, and plastic bags). We merged our ideas to form a tunnel like shape of opposing pyramids as this incorporated the fluidity and the sense of a journey through the construction.
Posted 13 May 2014 10:56
Day 1,
Today we all got to know each other and we were introduced to the notions of urban mushroom farming and the explanation of why we were doing this event. We learnt that in fact we were using coffee waste from the cafe in the Chatham Building and so I event incorporated recycling, 'using other people's waste'. We were told we would have to design a shelter made out of plastic or wooden palettes found in supermarkets to store the fruit and veg. We wanted to create something that we could hang our then growing mushrooms off in sort of a 'cave-like' way. Much like the examples the 5th years had already shown us in the presentation before hand so we got to work in our groups of 4 to come up with different ideas.
Posted 13 May 2014 09:19


Raining since the morning.
However, it could not stop us making our intervention!
Our group of constructing the design started to build the design with broken down pallets from the previous day.
People brought and borrowed tool and equipment and started to assemble.
Couple of hours late, it finally showed as a final form.
What is left is just hanging the mushroom for the eventday!
Posted 8 May 2014 18:38
The palette design is up. Kudos to the construction team!
Posted 8 May 2014 16:57
Taking the palettes apart for our final intervention idea.
Posted 8 May 2014 13:06
Day 5: Girl power💪 dismantling of wooden pallets to obtain usable wood
Posted 8 May 2014 12:46
Day4: Carrying 30 wooden pallets (in total) from construction site to the ground floor courtyard.
Posted 8 May 2014 12:44
Day 4: Getting pallets ready to deconstruct and de-nail
Posted 8 May 2014 10:30
Day 3: Pallets all ready for use
Posted 8 May 2014 10:27
Day 3: Moving the pallets that are a lot heavier than they look
Posted 8 May 2014 10:25
Building the intervention using wasted materials sourced locally. Carrying the pallets back to the Benzie building.
Posted 8 May 2014 10:24
Day 2
We combined all the groups designs from the day before into one new one incorporating features from each. We then began planting our mushrooms by filling old plastic bottles with coffee waste, seeds half way through, more coffee waste and finally a little water.
Posted 7 May 2014 23:47
Day 1
We began by being briefed on mushroom farming and how we can grow mushrooms out of coffee waste (the blue economy). Then in groups we designed structures made out of plastic crates which would then feature the mushrooms when they were grown. My group looked at stacking the crates in a snake shape and guide people round and also with tables cause more interaction between the structure, mushrooms and people.
Posted 7 May 2014 23:44
Day 4
Looking at making some interesting forms stacking the palettes but we're still developing to try to find some different forms.
Posted 7 May 2014 21:42
Day 3
Palette moving day. At least the sun is shining!
Posted 7 May 2014 21:39
Day 2
Our trip to the Biospheric Foundation today was really interesting with a tour by Vincent. Paying lots of attention to the way he grows his mushrooms
Posted 7 May 2014 21:37
Day One
After our first group meeting we look at different design options. We're also ready to plant some mushrooms. I hope they grow!
Posted 7 May 2014 21:29
Day Four.
Splitting into groups, we have a construction team, and also a multimedia team. Each group is assigned to different tasks for exhibition day.
Posted 7 May 2014 17:14
Day Four.

Experimenting materials (waste wooden palettes) for the intervention.
Posted 7 May 2014 17:09
Day Three.

Went on a a tour to Biospheric Foundation (collaborator). Fascinated by the founder's idea of connecting each system to ignite the process of Urban Farming. Very productive trip.
Posted 7 May 2014 17:00
Day Two.

Everyone brought containers and reuse them to plant the mushrooms. Not to mention, the soil we used were the coffee waste from our very own café! Took place in the indoor courtyard.
Posted 7 May 2014 16:56
Day One.

Intro/ Icebreaking day, as well as exploring ideas on sketchroll for the intervention of the MushFarm.
Posted 7 May 2014 16:52


Due to the shortage supply of pallets, we decided to change out design.
With the new design, which need to take the pallets apart, we started to get ready to build our intervention.
We take pallets into pieces and un-nailed them so we can use them according to the new design.
Also, we started to make presentation sheets which will be a part of the intervention that explains our project and theories behind.
and it rained.

We planned for the next day which will be actual building constructing day.
We also had thoughts about presentation(with projection) and use left over materials.
Posted 7 May 2014 16:32
Day 4
In a small group we began to research and create presentation pages for the final day, 16th May.
Posted 7 May 2014 15:42
Day 3
Construction began using the wooden crates.
Posted 7 May 2014 15:38
Day 3: A visit to Biospheric Project in Salford. It is part vertical farm and part laboratory/research centre. Vincent Walsh showing us the rooftop polytunnel where they grow leaf crops such as spinach, kale, lettuce, herbs and micro-herbs.
Posted 7 May 2014 00:44

Our first attempt to show our idea by experimenting with the palettes we got.
Posted 7 May 2014 00:02

The MushFarm people carried palettes from construction sites to Chatham which to be used as the main material for our intervention.

Exhausted is the word!
Posted 6 May 2014 23:56

A trip to Biospheric Foundation at Salford on a Saturday morning.

The founder of Biospheric Foundation, Vincent Walsh was explaining how he used chipboards to grow oyster mushrooms.
Posted 6 May 2014 23:53

Getting our hands dirty by planting mushroom inside unwanted bottles using mushroom spawns and coffee waste from cafe.
Posted 6 May 2014 23:50

Divided to groups of 4 to discuss and brainstorm on the designs of the intervention we are going to build.
Posted 6 May 2014 23:32


On the 4th day, we started to build( but more likely testing) our design with pallets.
We collected pallets from nearby construction sites and starting to build.
During this process we changed our design that was not possible with the pallets we have and try to adapt the design that is realistic.
Posted 6 May 2014 21:29


We took a trip to Salford, to Biospheric lab.
Tour around Biospheric lab (but more like a warehouse) started from 11.
It was interesting to see different systems and ideas they are testing which could be very helpful for our project.
Posted 6 May 2014 21:27


Each group with different ideas come together started to make the final design.
We listend to each other's presentation and we tried to combine different idea from each group.

In the afternoon, with coffee waste, we started to plant the mushroom in the courtyard in Chatham.
Everyone had bottles to fill with the waste and plant mushroom.
Hopefully, it will grow in next few weeks.
Posted 6 May 2014 21:25


Everyone gathered on the 8th floor studio in Chatham.
5th year explained about the project and what we've got to do.
In a groups of 4, We started to exploring ideas.
We started to think how pallets can be used to create space.
How the space created can be interact with people.
What are the possibilities and can be actually built.
We sketched and discussed for several hours
and ended up 4 different main ideas.
Over Hanging.
Posted 6 May 2014 21:22
Day 2
We presented our ideas to the group and decided to merge them all together into one structure. We then planted the mushroom seeds into empty bottles and pots using coffee waste as fertiliser.
Posted 6 May 2014 21:12
Day 1
We began by splitting into groups of 4 and designing our own urban mushroom farm made out of crates.
Posted 6 May 2014 20:59
Day 2: Start planting the mushroom using coffee waste and mushroom spawn. Lets see if the mushroom grows well!
Posted 6 May 2014 20:01
Day 2: Presenting ideas on intervention using pallets
Posted 6 May 2014 19:46
Day 1: Students start brainstorming idea for the intervention to be built
Posted 6 May 2014 19:21