Genetically modified bees could produce buildings from concrete honey!
The idea may sound ridiculous, but the brainchild of Geoff Manaugh (ex-editor of Gizmodo magazine) and friend John Becker is an utterly fascinating proposal for how we might produce architecture in the future. Their idea would be to initially place genetically engineered bees in damaged structures to work as ‘printheads’ on repair work (their honeycombs fusing together the cracks) but later imagine whole buildings being produced in this way from scratch in a similar fashion to MITs pavilion woven by silkworms.
"The ultimate goal would be to produce entire, free-standing architectural forms, but, in the meantime, the bees would be able to construct or repair statuary, architectural ornament, building details and more"
While it may be a bit mad, I for one believe that’s what architecture needs sometimes to move forward. This would certainly make for some exciting forms if the pair’s initial concept renders are anything to go by.
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