Published: Feb 16, 2018 by Journal of Architectural Education
Authors: Jana VanderGoot
Subjects: Built Environment, Environment and Agriculture , Environment and Sustainability, Urban Studies
Overshadowed by grievances with dry rot fungus is an untold story of mutually beneficial co-evolution between the building parasite known as Serpula lacrymans and architecture. This article argues that building fungi, in particular S. lacrymans because of its close relationship to human domiciles, offer architects both a meditation on impermanence and an ever-evolving lesson on ingenuity and craft when it comes to protecting wood buildings from decay.