In an article for The Atlantic, writer Rose Eveleth digs into a new group that is trying to encourage moss and other plants to grow on building surfaces.
While much time and effort has been spent over the years keeping building surfaces clear of plants, the BiotA lab is pushing back on that idea. Eveleth writes:
BiotA lab, based in University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, was founded last year. The lab’s architects and engineers are working on making materials that can foster the growth of cryptograms, organisms like lichens and mosses. The idea is that ultimately they’ll be able to build buildings onto which a variety of these plants can grow. Right now, they’re particularly focused on designing a type of bioreceptive concrete.