tobias revell: power generating mushrooms in mumbai tobias revell: power generating mushrooms in mumbai
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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  • fake? obviously the pictures a retouched but the idea is awesome

    Marlo says:
  • fake

    Guest says:
  • fiction?

    longoeu says:
  • is this real??

    Emily says:
  • Checked with forensics software, Images are morphed.

    Duh Photoshop work ­čÖü

    Catchme says:
  • The video is hilarious. This is a great idea.

    Ray says:
  • okay. this project is great.
    but can I just say there is something seriously wrong with the world– whether it’s the education system or the people despite it– when there is an actual question among people whether this is real. same with those genetically modified sting ray shoes a few months ago.

    PEOPLE, WAKE YOURSELVES UP.

    in case you still need help, maybe read the abstract or the first sentence of the article, or see his other work, or SOMETHING.

    zeitgeist says:
  • just curious as to why one image appears to be from china?

    justsaying says:
  • haha, this reminds of District 9.

    mike says:
  • To Zeitgeist –
    Couldn\’t agree more! I mean what with satellites gliding overhead and free software allowing anyone and their dog to view anywhere on the planet down to the resolution of a potted plant…pilot-less aircraft for attack or surveillance as small as a hummingbird, 3D printers, and food stock genetically modified to internally produce insecticides, which can be taken up by the consumer\’s intestinal flora or fauna and mutate to begin producing these same pesticides internally ad infinitum, or the strain of oyster mushrooms found to be able to decontaminate and remediate soils of petroleum and oil products/wastes courtesy of the brilliant work of Paul Stamets, or the fabulous idea of growing algae farms in the dead zones of seas contaminated with nitrogen fertilizer run off, re-oxygenating the water, kick-starting the food-chain again and creating a feed-stock for alcohol fuel production…this story is so obviously off the map, I mean what is with people?….

    eichelbug says:
  • Really the idea was awesome.It is very strange to see such type of images.

    Pesticides Journal says:
  • beautiful vision. i’m exactly into this type of utopistic future!

    staska says:
  • Its not china the image is actually of a back alley in HK which is not a developing country! well done Tobias!!

    orangeblowfish says:
  • am really worried that one day our space will be all taken by these kinds of objects.

    Ms.Lu says:
  • Well this is video’s opening shot from Pune! Not Mumbai.

    Pushkar says:

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