This experimental installation and mineralogical study explored the mineralogical common of earth building and edible practices through an empirical and experimental investigation of building and human metabolism.

This project analyzes particle content and mineralogy of earth materials while contrasting the ingredients that make a good buildable –and edible– earth artifact. The study generates “recipes'' for futuristic earth mixtures. As a final demonstration, the study is concluded in an architectural installation where manual craft and digital fabrication techniques are used to create earth artifacts for building and edible practices. This project critically contributes to the scientific building field by provoking questions regarding the mutual dependencies between humans and their surrounding natural resources.

As an experiment, the [EAT ME BUILD ME] project is a first-of-its-kind attempt to expose the similarities and converge the almost parallel historical and geographic routes of building with and eating earth. It speculates a larger scope of building supply chain mechanisms, where earth-based materials (namely, mud, or dirt) are perceived not as an ineffectual matter, but as a multidimensional resource that can be used for both a shelter and a meal, thus offering a futuristic perspective to the growing field of knowledge that investigate healthier substances in building materials. The project was exhibited in the 6th Tallinn Architecture Biennale in 2022 titled “Edible; Or, the Architecture of Metabolism” curated by Lydia Kallipolti and Areti Markopoulou.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale
research assistants:
Hazel Villena, Amy Zhang
Sharon Yavo Ayalon