Gallery: Energy-Generating Mushrooms Provide Power, Water, and Shelter ...

They can even be engineered to power a whole building. Some grow strong enough to be used as shelter, parts of building structures, and surfaces to grow local crops.

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  1. Scott Ciaglaski December 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Cool concept but the glaring mistake is Artist Conk thriving on concrete. This mushrooms, to make a plant biology analogy; These are not perrenials, they are self-seeding annuals. To accomplish something like this, well, I must say it would look very different; You would need a tree farm ( aka a FOREST) that has inoculated living trees and hoist them on to a building. The more and more that I revel in the naivite of this design the more and more I cannot accept that it will ever work. Lets just re-grow our forests and live more harmoniously within nature rather than photoshopping it onto a building and calling it a TED talk.

    P.s. Artist conk will never grow to this size. Please google search “prototaxons” and keep thinking…

  2. Cees Timmerman December 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Don’t mushrooms barely need any light at all, though, thus often being white?

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