It’s not clear what the future condition of our built environment will be, there are various propositions both dystopic and utopic that float in and out of our cultural vision. One proposition is that the built environment will in fact be a grown environment whether it be the rise of rapid prototyping machines offering mass customization as they sinter, print and grow the objects of our lives—right in front of us on our desk or counter top— or genetic recoding and self assembly systems such as nano-technology . A curious and somewhat unexpected addition to this growing process is Jannis Hülsen Xylinum project which grows the skin of a stool from a bacterium. Xylinum is the name of the bacterium which produces an artificial cellulose material. This bacterium counsumes sugar and builds a cellulose fibre structure around any given form, or so it says on Jannis’s website.
Whether it be the crystallization of seating by Tokujin Yoshioka (interesting interview here) or the growing of a new human jawbone there seems a growing (excuse the pun) trend towards this most alternate yet natural way of construction.
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