Euan Andrew Campbell and Alexandra Adams

GIA Student Award, Fifth Year (Final Year Parchment) 2020

Growing Underground

The construction industry must find solutions to the pollution and waste it is responsible for. This thesis proposes a zero carbon solution to growing our construction materials from commercial waste.

This thesis investigates the ongoing crisis of Climate Change, creating a solution which addresses construction waste's impact on the environment. It does so by redefining the manufacturing process of carbon-rich materials with a carbon neutral alternative.

In 2045, a new industrial process is created using Mycelium and local organic waste to create a fully circular construction material. An abundance of coffee waste in the West End of Glasgow sits as a prime opportunity to reuse a local commercial by-product. By recovering and reusing this, it can act as a natural substrate which the Mycelium absorbs and digests as it grows. As the multi-cellular organisms develop, the Mycelium acts as a glue, binding the material into a new construction material. The proposal uses a new model for the sustainable development of construction systems by merging them within a waste cycle where waste can be consumed as a resource.

Repurposing a derelict railway network below the streets of Glasgow, a processing system across three former rail station sites creates a production line, cultivating Mycelium within an urban context. Reusing an existing infrastructure, the environmental impact and embodied energy of the initial construction and ongoing operation of the process is reduced. A zero-carbon, industrial approach which re-assesses the value of local waste as a resource, engages the community in a way that prevents further environmental destruction whilst sustaining a local economy.

Growing Underground Image By Euan Campbell and Alexandra Adams
Growing Underground Image By Euan Campbell and Alexandra Adams

Growing Underground Image By Euan Campbell and Alexandra Adams