OUR COLLABORATIONS

Hyphae’s collaborative approach has helped a range of partners address complicated challenges, across disciplines and scales.

Hyphae is a consulting firm and incubation laboratory. We collaborate with communities, government, designers, and researchers to understand complex challenges and develop innovative, strategic solutions. We are always making new connections and embracing new challenges. Our vision is never limited by our immediate focus.

Our collaborations take many forms. We are often hired as a consultant, but we also initiate work internally. We invent novel technologies, we build long term partnerships to tackle complex challenges, we build joint ventures, and spin out initiatives. Our approach allows us to both make immediate change in the world and define the future of change. Our work is funded by private corporations, individuals, government agencies, and philanthropy. When needed, we work with our clients and partners to creatively find funding when needed.

Consulting
Incubation
Partnerships

Consulting

Hyphae consults on projects across a wide range of scales and fields: architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, landscape design, healthcare, industrial processes, etc.

From residential, commercial, institutional, hospitality, and municipal/public space design, we design systems on both urban and rural scales, and manage the design phase of construction projects ranging from $25,000 to $50 million. Our clients include local and national architects, landscape architects, and engineers. Sometimes we initiate and lead the design and sometimes we fill specific consultant roles. On a site level, we design building systems, building integrated landscapes, functional site landscapes, and building architecture. On a larger scale, we design neighborhood and city systems from water and nutrient systems to neighborhood scale green infrastructure.

We also consult for industries for whom we design and innovate efficient, environmentally healthy production processes. And we work with public health and healthcare providers to design processes and products that facilitate proactive, holistic environmental healthcare.

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Consulting Project

Net Zero Distillery

Net Zero Distillery

Belcampo is a California-based food company that focuses on vertically integrated sustainable food production. Their Ranch, Slaughterhouse and Meat Stores, have launched to wild su ...

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Incubation

Hyphae invents novel materials, processes, and technologies that improve human health and the health of earth’s systems.

We invent novel technologies to real-world problems by scaling up cutting-edge scientific research and scaling down global earth systems to city, neighborhood, block and building-scale interventions. These technologies include a range from software programs to hardware products and material science innovations. We also develop tools to better measure, model, and value the effects of these ecological, health-centric, multiple-benefit products.

We integrate research into all of our projects. What form this takes in a given project ranges significantly from research-informed design to formal research studies. This research approach often leads to the unexpected development of new technologies that branch off into new incubation projects.

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Hyphae Initiative

Block By Block

Block By Block

Block by Block, San Francisco’s third Living Innovation Zone was a temporary kinetic installation composed of blocks of milled urban timber and illuminated plastic. The elemental f ...

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Hyphae Initiative

PPlanter 1.0

PPlanter 1.0

Hyphae Design Laboratory together with The North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District (NOMTL-CBD) has embarked on a campaign to improve access to public bathrooms. The e ...

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Hyphae Initiative

PPlanter 2.0

PPlanter 2.0

Situated in a single parking space at 357 Ellis St. between Jones St. and Taylor St., the latest PPlanter trial (with the new and improved PPlanter 2.0) ran from July 12th to July ...

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Hyphae Initiative

PPlanter 3.0

PPlanter 3.0

The PPlanter works for both men and women. Similar to a parklet, it conveniently takes up a single parking space. The PPlanter system works as follows: a sink is supplied with a hu ...

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Consulting Project

Pier 27 Challenge

Pier 27 Challenge

Hyphae was asked by GOOD Magazine and the Port of San Francisco to envision a new life for Pier 27 + 29, an awkward shaped triangular pier that juts out beyond all other piers. The ...

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Hyphae Initiative

Pprophet

Pprophet

We all poop and pee every day and therefore, our discarded excrement is also our great social equalizer. Now, in a time when San Francisco is so economically divided and the world ...

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Hyphae Initiative

Urban Biofilter

Urban Biofilter

Founding principal of Hyphae, Brent Bucknum, also started a West Oakland based non-profit called Urban Biofilter (UB), which works to advocate, research, and design for a variety...

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Partnerships

Hyphae develops unconventional partnerships in response to core environmental justice, public health, and urban infrastructure challenges.

Hyphae partners with community organizations, academics, local governments, public health departments, and healthcare professionals. While these partnerships sometimes form in response to a specific project, they also form in response to a challenge that is not being effectively addressed with conventional solutions. We then come together to collaboratively strategize, find funding, and build an effective process towards finding solutions. These partnerships often become long-term collaborations that continue to evolve with time and new opportunities.

Related Work

Hyphae Initiative

Green for Good

Green for Good

Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability and its partners embarked on an exciting project called Green for Good: to strategically unite interrelated sustainability ef ...

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Hyphae Initiative

Greenheart

Greenheart

Hyphae Design Laboratory is working with the University of Louisville’s Envirome Institute, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), National Institute of Health (NIH), Washington University, ...

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Hyphae Initiative

PPlanter 1.0

PPlanter 1.0

Hyphae Design Laboratory together with The North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District (NOMTL-CBD) has embarked on a campaign to improve access to public bathrooms. The e ...

See Details
Hyphae Initiative

PPlanter 2.0

PPlanter 2.0

Situated in a single parking space at 357 Ellis St. between Jones St. and Taylor St., the latest PPlanter trial (with the new and improved PPlanter 2.0) ran from July 12th to July ...

See Details
Hyphae Initiative

PPlanter 3.0

PPlanter 3.0

The PPlanter works for both men and women. Similar to a parklet, it conveniently takes up a single parking space. The PPlanter system works as follows: a sink is supplied with a hu ...

See Details
Hyphae Initiative

Pprophet

Pprophet

We all poop and pee every day and therefore, our discarded excrement is also our great social equalizer. Now, in a time when San Francisco is so economically divided and the world ...

See Details
Hyphae Initiative

Urban Biofilter

Urban Biofilter

Founding principal of Hyphae, Brent Bucknum, also started a West Oakland based non-profit called Urban Biofilter (UB), which works to advocate, research, and design for a variety...

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