IMAGE: “Endothelium“, by Philip Beesley

Over on BLDGBLOG, Geoff speculates on the agricultural possibilities of “Endothelium“, an organic, automated geotextile designed by architect Philip Beesley, in which “low-power miniature lights” pulse and “enriched seed-patches” foster microbial growth:

I’d genuinely like to see what Beesley might do if he was hired by, say, a NASA R&D program dedicated to terraforming other planets. Could you fly a modular, self-unfolding Philip Beesley sculpture into the depths of radiative space, land it on a planet somewhere, and watch as revolting pools of bacteriological mucus begin to coagulate and form new fungi?

Beesley’s whiskered vibrators begin to shiver with signs of piezoelectric life, as small crystals surrounded by radio transmitters and genetically engineerined space-seed-patches imperceptibly tremble, evolving into mutation-prone “organic batteries” unprotected beneath starlight. Give it a thousand years, and vast infected forests, the width of continents, take hold.

You’ve colonized a distant planet through architecture and yeast.

Read more over at BLDGBLOG.