Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I love this idea. I've known for years about shaping the growth of trees for landscape design. The most common of these is the living fence. Prune and stake a tree out to take on the shape of a fence. A famous example of this (in USA) is the living fence around George Washington's garden at his home in Virginia. He did this back in the 1700's and the fence is still there.
So lets take it a step further and integrate a living tree into the structure of our homes using prefabricated forms to help shape the trees into the desired support structures. Even if the tree dies, you still have this framework that was grown to specs. I suspect it would be incredibly strong. Watch the video for a quick explanation by Mitchell Joachim.
Short animation of what this structure might look like.
[Image captured from Inhabitat.com: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/11/20/video-grow-a-living-treehouse-with-terreform/fabtreehab1/]