tobias revell: power generating mushrooms in mumbai
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jul 18, 2012
tobias revell: power generating mushrooms in mumbai



‘new mumbai’ by tobias revell


tobias revell
, a british interaction designer, has documented the dharavi slums of mumbai, india, showcasing how genetically modified
mushrooms have revitalized the poverty stricken city in the ‘new mumbai’ of the future. originally from amsterdam, highly experimental
biotechnological samples had been stolen from a dutch lab, where the fungi had been re-engineered to exponentially grow in size for use
as narcotics and to create a micro-economy based off the material. as the new plant became introduced into the overpopulated but
highly educated urban mass of the slums, the locals began to use it to their advantage – to both exercise freedom from the state and to
provide suitable living conditions. today, the mushroom is used to harvest energy as well as provide providing heat, light and building material
for the residents of the slums of dharavi.


harvesting of the mushroom on city buildings


harvesting energy from the mushroom on top of a building



‘new mumbai’ ‘documentary’

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