As a species, humans are adept at inventing toxins yet equally inept at eliminating them from our environment. Due to current trends, our exposure to dangerous chemicals increases with time as our environment becomes more polluted.

Mushrooms may turn out to be important keys to both human and planetary health. Their indispensable role in recycling organic matter has long been known. Mycelium can be selected and trained to break down toxic waste, converting it into harmless metabolites. Mushroom allies may even be able to detoxify chemical warfare agents. The use of fungi to improve the health of the environment by filtering water in order to help trees to grow in forests and plants in gardens is one facet of a larger strategy called by Paul Stamets Mycorestoration.

The broader meaning of Mycoremediation is the process which fungi degrades or removes toxins from the environment. Mycoremediation practices involve mixing mycelium with contaminated soil, by placing mycelial mats over toxic sites. The powerful enzymes secreted by specific fungi are able to digest lignin and cellulose, the primary structural components of wood. These digestive enzymes can also break down a surprisingly wide range of toxins that have similar chemical bonds with wood.


Noumena, Green Fab Lab and Fab Lab Barcelona present “SYMBIOTIC ASSOCIATIONS” workshop. The purpose of the course is to explore the relationship between digital and biological manufacturing, as multi-scalar construction techniques. The Workshop will be based on defining a theoretical and experimental framework focused on the convergence between Digital Tectonics and Organic processes. We will focus on the association between biology and architecture in order to manufacture biological mechanisms.

Participants will focus algorithms based on recursive systems associated with organic and digital manufacturing. The Workshop will be divided into two main phases:

Computational Phase: The students will explore digital iterative actions simulating biological growth.

Manufacturing Phase:  During this phase we will develop biological reactions, mixing Mycelium with other materials used in rapid prototyping, such as wooden PLA, Clay and biodegradable materials.


intro to rhino
intro to grasshopper
advanced grasshopper
data management
intro to loops
cellular automata
agent based modelling
bio-mimetic simulations



Day 1 / friday 18/3, 16:00 – 19:00
Tour at Green Fab Lab
Basics of 3D modeling in Rhinoceros
Basics of Grasshopper
Recursive iterative methods

Day 2 / saturday 19/3, 10:00- 18:00
Advanced Topics of looping
Simulation of material growth
Prototyping with  additive manufacturing techniques

Day 3 / sunday 20/3, 10:00- 18:00
Experimenting with Mycelium
Final presentation  session


The workshop is open to all participants, no previous knowledge of Rhinoceros, Grasshopper or tailoring techniques is required (although an introductory knowledge is welcome). Participants should bring their own laptop with a pre-installed software.  The software package needed has no additional cost for the participant (Rhino can be downloaded as evaluation version, Grasshopper and plugins are free). These softwares are subject to frequent updates, so a download link to the version used in the workshop will be sent to the participants a few days before the workshop.




18-20th of March  2016


Ctra. BV-1415 (Horta-Cerdanyola), km 7
08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès
Barcelona – Spain






Aldo Sollazzo
Aldo is an architect and researcher. He obtained a Master in Architectonic Design in 2007 and a Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC [Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya] in 2012. Moreover Aldo obtained MIT´s Fab Academy Diploma in 2014 in the Fab Lab Barcelona. He is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication and since 2011, he is the manager of Noumena. He is also founder of Fab Lab Frosinone and Director of Reshape – digital craft community.

Ronald Postma
Ronald is an entrepreneur and designer from the Netherlands. He has a broad spectrum of interests and a strong auto didactical impulse, which has led him to embrace a unique combination of skills. He is the founder of ‘Mamotok’, a young company creating products that fuse ecology with technology.


Efilena Baseta
Efilena is an architect engineer, studied in the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), with a Master degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Having developed several interactive projects, her current interest lies in exploring material properties in order to create real time responsive architectural structures.

Eugenio Bettucchi
Eugenio is a student of Building Engineering and Architecture at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy. His interest lies on digital simulation, robotic fabrication and the way of which these systems can interact. During his studies, he has attended several workshop about the aforementioned topics.



Mauro Jannone
Mauro is a Sustainable Maker working among Permaculture Community and Digital Fabrication. He obtained the Fab Academy Diploma in BCN in 2014 after a long experience as Project and Technical Manager in Environmental and Recycling sector. Specialized in 3D modeling, he is now the Manager of a new Public Lab in Rome, focused on agri-food projects.

Angelos Chronis

Angelos is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona, under the Innochain network. He teaches at IaaC and at the Bartlett School of Architecture of University College London. He has previously worked as an Associate for the Applied Research + Development group at Foster + Partners.  He is also actively involved in scientific committees as an author, reviewer and organizer as well as participating in lectures, workshops and architecture crits internationally.


Héctor Cosío
Yussef Agbo-Ola
Ingrid Solvik
Iñaki Bedia Pastor
Elizabet Ermenkova

Mahmoud Fayez Arafa Abouelseoud
Mohamed Noeman Mohamed
Lali Barriere
Ozgur Kavurmacioglu


Green FabLab, a digital fabrication lab that uses natural resources and is a partner in the international network of FabLabs led by MIT in Boston, and part of the Plan Avanza national network of laboratories in Spain.




Visit Valldaura campus and participate to all workshops activities. Transportation to the Green Fab Lab is included in the price.


350 €

Live the complete experience of the Self-Sufficient Lab. A three days stay in Valldaura, with accommodation and meals included plus the magic of grasshopper!



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