Title | Living Forms: Cultivating Building Materials For Sustainable Urban Development

Speaker | Christine Yogiaman, Assistant Professor, Architecture and Sustainable Design, SUTD.


Mycelium composites are being named a promising bio-fabricated material that is in line with a Cradle-to-Cradle approach and present environmental and sustainable possibilities that are in stark contrast to the exhaustive chain of extraction, processing, and subtractive shaping characteristic of current building materials. Bio-fabrication of materials opens up novel opportunity for designers to innovate the functional possibilities of the designed output through variations in fabrication processes. Literature has seen an increased interest in this emerging material design practice that has recently been defined as Growing Design. Our research work expands on the definition of this emerging material design practice, to engage digital design and fabrication procedures in the intersection of biology, craft and design. The seminar will present work on the cultivation of this new material type – knitted textile mycelium composite that has the capability to augment final material composite properties and provide formal freedom to designers. The seminar will also present a strategy for topologically interlocking mycelium composites assembly system that allows for the integration of repair and replacement procedures as part of a building life cycle. 


Christine Yogiaman is an Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design at SUTD where she develops and coordinates interdisciplinary design courses. As Co-director of Dynamic Assemblies Lab, her work explores design applications such as biomaterial fabrication, Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation, and interactive architectural surfaces. In addition to academic work Christine is also a partner at Yogiaman Tracy Design, a consultancy that creates installations and designs buildings. 


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2021 June & July Wednesday Seminar Series on Sustainability and Circular Economy

A Better World by Design is our motto in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) that is reflected in our teaching and research. A Better World in the 21st century must include sustainable development and human activities. Sustainability is a complex system-level challenge that requires innovation and collaborations at all fronts. In this online seminar series, speakers from SUTD and international institutions will share recent progresses on sustainability research topics, with a focus on achieving a circular economy. Topics range from the role of design in achieving a circular economy, circularity in manufacturing, our built environment, life cycle analyses and urban metabolism.