Textile Hosting:

the symbiotically interaction of living and textile systems in relation to emergence of structure

Romy kalser

PhD The Living Textile Interface Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment School of Architecture Planning and Landscape Newcastle University, UK


The Textile Hosting research is conducted at the multidisciplinary and crossscaled interface between biology, textiles and architecture at the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, Newcastle (UK). This research project aims to harness the hosting qualities textile systems can offer for living media to contribute to construction methods. It, therefore, intends co-creating with living organisms and herewith introducing a new perspective on traditional ways of building. Different types of living media as mycelium and bacteria are to be examined regarding the possibility to be scaffolded and guided via textile systems. The notion of Hosting is composed of Providing (Maintenance, Nutrition), Holding (Enclosing, Scaffolding, Strengthening) and Arranging (Structuring, Up-Scaling, Applying). Textile methods are proposed as a bridging methodology between the Micro (Living Media) and Macro (Architecture) scales.


To generate profound knowledge and data of these interactions various living-textile-composites will be compiled focusing on the emergence of structures and construction methodology including programmable knit and digital fabrication possibilities. Herewith a practice-led, multidisciplinary as well as multi-scale approach will be applied. This research is feeding into a methodology framework for bio-constructing with textiles. It delivers a new approach of co-creating habitats, envisioning more sustainable and healthy living environments.


Romy is a german Biodesigner and Researcher, owning a Master in Textile Design at the Swedish School of Textiles, Borås. Among other recognitions her project KeraPlast was shortlisted for the Dorothy Waxman International Textile Design Prize 2020.Since October 2020 she holds a PhD position at the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment in Newcastle (UK), working at the intersection between biology, textiles and architecture. As part of the Living Textiles Group Romy’s research focuses on Textile Hosting, investigating the scaffolding potential of textiles for living organisms in relation to construction purposes.