The Materials Book

346 Multispecies Architecture: Sandblasted wood provides a home—and not just for humans Sandblasting wood erodes away the soft parts while sparing the harder bits, which creates a rough, ridged surface that highlights the flaws and unique features of lumber rather than erasing them. The result is a “bio-receptive” material that can trap and host microbes, creating a diverse urban microbiome—multi- species architecture, so to speak, that’s healthy for humans and the larger ecosystem. The Living used this material in the Embodied Computation Lab at Princeton University, making it not only a lab but also a test case in itself. 346 Example: Sandblasted wood, developed by The Living, seen in Embodied Computation Lab, Princeton, NJ Contributed by: David Benjamin (The Living), USA