This work is in early stages of development.
Cellulose is the main substance found in plant cell walls by the photosynthesis of carbon dioxide and water, and is synthesized by a large number of living organisms ranging from bacteria to trees. It is natures building material as it keeps plants stiff and strong, and gives animals energy and nutrients from the plants they eat. Since it is made by all plants, it is possibly the most abundant organic compound on Earth.
Cellulose brick, 2019
With biological knowledge, I have challenged the project to find a method in which lab-grown polymer can be symbiotic with sourced bacteria. I plan to explore its strength and understand whether it needs to be made into a composite and whether this is as low carbon as the growth on its own. Cellulose is natures ‘building bricks’ so there is a symbolic link with re-materialising it into a useable brick in our architecture.