In Conversation with Mae-ling Lokko

Mae-ling Lokko, Window, CASE Chale Wote Upcycling Pavilion, 2016. Photo: Elaine Zhang

Mae-ling Lokko, Window, CASE Chale Wote Upcycling Pavilion, 2016. Photo: Elaine Zhang

Liverpool Biennial and RIBA North have commissioned Mae-ling Lokko to develop a new large-scale installation called Hack the Root. The installation will be ‘grown’ in a series of public Grow-It-Yourself workshops using an agrowaste-fed fungus, with the live growth of the panels being viewable at RIBA North. Ahead of the opening of Liverpool Biennial 2018 in July, join Mae-ling Lokko to hear all about the project and the process.

Mae-ling Lokko (b. 1987, Taif, Saudi Arabia) lives between Accra, Ghana and New York, USA. Trained as an architectural historian and building-material technologist, Lokko is an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA. Her work centres on the upcycling of agro-waste and biopolymer materials into 'high' performance building material systems. Inspired by emerging multidisciplinary research on next generation biocomposite green materials as well as Ghanaian contemporary art waste upcycling, Lokko often integrates into her architectural work a broad range of technical, environmental, political and cultural criteria that questions contemporary material-value systems and evolves material upcycling criteria.

Date

21 June 2018, 6 – 8pm

Location

RIBA North – National Architecture Centre
21 Mann Island
Liverpool
L3 1BP

Open Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 11am–4pm, Free

www.architecture.com/ribanorth

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