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Aguahoja II, 2017-2019

It was designed by Neri Oxman and manufactured by MIT Media Lab Mediated Matter Group. It is dated 2017-2019. Its medium is samples, structrure. It is a part of the department.

The Aguahoja project consists of biocomposite materials derived from shrimp shells and fallen leaves, which are augmented with natural pigments. The materials can be 3D printed and programmed to varied mechanical, optical, and olfactory properties. The structure demonstrates an architectural-scale iteration of the skin-and-shell composite. The artifacts illustrate continued research into the optical and mechanical properties of the biocomposites. The degraded samples illustrate the materials’ life cycle, ultimately returning to the ecosystem. Through life and programmed decomposition, shelter-becomes-organism, providing nutrients for “growing” buildings.

It is credited Courtesy of The Mediated Matter Group.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.

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