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The potential of lichen and moss in sustainable contemporary

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Michele Bradanini

on 17 December 2015

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The potential of lichen and moss in sustainable contemporary facade design

What is a lichen?
Symbiotic organism
Association of a photobiont and a mycobiont
"Lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture"
[Trevor Goward]
Photobiont: Alga/Cyanobacteria

Mycobiont: Fungi
Which parameters influence the bio-receptivity of a substrate?

What are the advantages of having lichens on a facade?

Influencing factors attributed to the

Influencing factors attributed to the
Distance from the sea
Presence or absence of vegetation
Thermal amplitude
Surface pH
Composition of substratum

Wetness of facade (porosity, roughness)
Architectural parameters inducing micro-humidity
Cross section of a lichen
Same advantages of a Green facade with no need for apposite structure

Natural substitute for paint

Change colors in different seasons

Building Profile Beautification

Improved Air Quality

Biodiversity & Habitat

Acoustic Buffering

Biophilic Design and Inhabitant Health

Increased Thermal Insulation

Can be used as bio-monitor for air quality
The Project
Experiments to understand which material is better as substrate for lichen colonization
Lichens grow well in Iceland because it is one of the least polluted countries in the world. They draw their nutrients from the environment and are easily contaminated indeed.
Icelandic lava stone
Basalt stone
Red lava stone
Icelandic lichen (Xantoria)
The moss wall at the Reykjavik City Hall (Studio Granda)
Collecting and casting the specimens to be used as substrates
Collecting the lichens both from Iceland and Denmark
"Gluing" the lichens to the substrates through a growth media
Observing if lichens attach to the substrate and if they grow.
From the outdoor experiment we will be able to define which substrate better fits for biocolonization by the specific type of lichen, and which exposition, orientation and type of structure is better for the lichen's growth.
From the indoor experiment we will be able to define how porosity influences the way lichens attach to surfaces.
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Outdoor experiment setup

Indoor experiment setup
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