Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. Through the mycelium, a fungus absorbs nutrients from its environment. It does this in a two-stage process. First, the hyphae secrete enzymes onto or into the food source, which break down biological polymers into smaller units such as monomers. These monomers are then absorbed into the mycelium by facilitated diffusion and active transport (Source: Wikipedia).
We sure appreciate a good metaphor, don’t you? Let us explain, we promise it will all make sense.
When we first started working on Hyphae we found ourselves doing quite a bit of reading, actually a lot of reading! We went down a deep digital rabbit hole in search of insights, guidelines and examples on sustainable design. It is truly amazing how much knowledge and inspiration is just a click away in today’s uber-connected world.
Now that Hyphae has finally taken shape, we wanted to avoid all our findings going lost and forgotten so we decided to gather them all in one place to share with anyone who may be interested.
Introducing “The Mycelium”.
Just like the real thing, our digital mycelium absorbs the knowledge broken down by Hyphae and makes it available for “consumption” by the wider network. We hope to see it grow organically with time, expanding through monthly instalments adding a breakdown of any new insight we might encounter along our journey with Hyphae.