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Pioneering Construction Materials through Prototypological Research

Heisel, Felix; Hebel, Dirk E.


The article at hand follows the understanding that future cities cannot be built the same way as existing ones, inducing a radical paradigm shift in how we produce and use materials for the construction of our habitat in the 21st century. In search of a methodology for an integrated, holistic, and interdisciplinary development of such new materials and construction technologies, the chair of Sustainable Construction at KIT Karlsruhe proposes the concept of “prototypological” research. Coined through joining the terms “prototype” and “typology”, prototypology represents a full-scale application, that is an experiment and proof in itself to effectively and holistically discover all connected aspects and address unknowns of a specific question, yet at the same time is part of a bigger and systematic test series of such different typologies with similar characteristics, yet varying parameters. The second part of the article applies this method to the research on mycelium-bound building materials, and specifically to the four prototypologies MycoTree, UMAR, Rumah Tambah, and Futurium. The conclusion aims to place the results into the bigger research context, calling for a new type of architectural research.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000134112
Veröffentlicht am 17.06.2021
DOI: 10.3390/biomimetics4030056
Zitationen: 9
Zitationen: 11
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut Entwerfen und Bautechnik (IEB)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2313-7673
KITopen-ID: 1000134112
Erschienen in Biomimetics
Verlag MDPI
Band 4
Heft 3
Seiten Article: 56
Schlagwörter prototypology; prototype; typology; architectural; research; methodology; mycelium; MycoTree; sustainable; construction
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