Economics of Transition – Means and Strategies for Resilient Systems

Caterina Plenzick

September / September - 2022

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Master of Arts


Mountain sheep wool is a resource that has lost value in Europe in recent decades. Especially in mountainous regions such as South Tyrol, where sheep farming is strongly rooted in tradition, large quantities of wool have accumulated, which develops into a hazardous and difficult waste to dispose of and increases farmers' expenses. The “Lana” project experimentally investigates the possibilities of an innovative use of pre-consumer wool waste for the bio-assembly of mycelium-based composites that can be used in architecture. The results of the material-based design research were material prototypes, an experimental material and technology set-up, and demonstrations of potential applications. The feasibility of the concept was illustrated by designing a synergies framework between local suppliers, based on a safe and efficient circular use of local resources.