Growing Better Buildings – Podcast Interview with Ginger Dosier

CaraGreen · Episode 46 – Growing better buildings: an interview with Ginger Dosier of bioMASON

Jessica McNaughton: Hi, this is Jessica McNaughton with build green, live green, the CaraGreen podcast on green building materials and innovative new building materials. One of which we are going to be talking about today. We have Ginger Dosier here and she is the CEO of bioMASON. Welcome Ginger. 

Ginger Dosier: Thank you so much for having me. 

Jessica McNaughton: So, you grow bricks. What can you tell us about bioMason and the products that you guys have? 

Ginger Dosier: Oh, absolutely. So, we use a microorganism to produce a cement in between grains of aggregate. So, it’s very similar to what’s happening and natural seashell formation or natural coral reefs. So, a very similar process that’s actually already found in the marine environment. And so, what we’re doing is we’re collaborating with nature using those microorganisms and growing a cement between grains of aggregate. And right now, we’re making different precast shapes currently there in tile form. What’s exciting about the material is that it has an engineered performance meaning that we can actually grow it to specification, to whatever performance we need. So, our current products are called bioLITH tile, and we make those in two different sizes and two different colors and they are outperforming concrete tiles and clay tiles. 

June 24, 2020 – CaraGreen

10 North Carolina Startups to Watch

From bricks that are “grown” – not baked – to a car-bike hybrid that runs on a 90-minute charge, the innovations coming out of this list of startups are as eclectic as the entrepreneurs behind them.

They all have one thing in common: Each is labeled a “North Carolina Startup to Watch” by the North Carolina Technology Association.

Of the 10, six are from the Triangle, three are from Wilmington and one is from Charlotte.

The 10 will be honored Nov. 6 at the N.C. Tech Awards Gala.

October 7, 2014 – Lauren Ohnesorge

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalist

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is pleased to announce the Semi-Finalists for the 2015 Fuller Challenge. Now in its 8th annual cycle with the strongest applicant pool yet, including the most diverse pool of program entrants to date creating change in 136 countries, The Fuller Challenge remains the only award specifically working to identify and catalyze individuals and teams employing a whole systems approach to problem solving. One of the earliest contributors to the field, The Buckminster Fuller Institute celebrates the now unmistakable uptake of whole systems design approaches across all sectors of society.

The fifteen proposals submitted from these outstanding teams have undergone rigorous evaluation for adherence to the criteria by the members of the Challenge Review Committee, ensuring that their work is visionary, comprehensive, anticipatory, ecologically responsible, feasible, and verifiable.

The 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-Finalists Include:

August 24 2015

The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality

The pressure to innovate has become pervasive. Both inside and outside the architectural profession we are increasingly pressed by the quest for the new; by an innovation imperative. But what does ‘innovation’ really mean for architecture? Predominantly framed in terms of technological invention, economics and consumption, the notion of innovation is often problematically applied to the arts. Design and creativity are widely considered as drivers within innovation economies, but how can architects understand and approach the imperative to innovate meaningfully, ethically and on their own terms? Suggesting a process that is fundamentally emergent, collective and environmentally situated, The Innovation Imperative explores architectural innovation in terms of the production of vitality.

March 15, 2013 – Pia Ednie-Brown, Mark Burry, Andrew Burrow

How to grow bricks from trillions of bacteria

Biotechnology startup bioMASON grows bricks — with the help of a few trillion microorganisms.

Ginger Dosier, the North Carolina-based company’s 37-year-old founder and CEO, hit on the bacterial production process while studying the construction of coral reefs. “I realised that, as with teeth, the building block is calcium carbonate,” she explains. “This crystallises due to changes in the surrounding pH caused by microorganisms in the coral.”

October 12 2015 – Kathryn Nave

North Carolina Startups Raised More Than $1 Billion Last Year. Here’s Why Raleigh Is the Tech Industry’s Best Kept Secret

A hyper-educated workforce means the Research Triangle, the North Carolina region comprising Chapel Hill, Durham, and RaleighInc.‘s No. 3 Surge City–has a booming and brainy startup scene. Once known for tobacco and textiles, the area has reinvented itself as a hub equally well-versed in tech and food.

Startup Neighborhoods

Most residents never thought they’d see the day, but downtown Durham is now a cultural and entrepreneurial hotbed. American Tobacco Campus, once a crime-ridden stretch of abandoned cigarette factories, is now a sprawling expanse of outdoor cafés, green space, and startup offices. Sports-scheduling app maker Teamworks is around the corner from the massive American Underground co-working space, which houses 232 companies across three downtown locations, including fintech startup LoanWell.

December 2018- Kevin J. Ryan

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