Architects design a living home

August 2, 2006 at 5:06 pm 1 comment

Those crazy guys from MIT’s Media Lab, more specifically Mitchell Joachim et al. of the Smart Cities Group, have conceived the Fab Tree Hab — a home that doesn’t just use “green” design; rather it is itself a living ecosystem.

The basic framework of the house would be created using a gardening method known as pleaching, in which young trees are woven together into a shape such as an archway, lattice, or screen and then encouraged to maintain that form over the years. The goal was to develop a method to grow homes from native seeds. This enables these new local dwellings to be a part of an absolutely green community.

Joachim’s studio Archinode has details of more of his interesting projects.

Summary article available on Technology Review.


Entry filed under: Eco Architecture.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. charles towne  |  April 23, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I have been in love with living architecture for years. Can you imagine the magic of a community that was created, encouraged to grow. Living houses! Imagine!
    I am a naturalist/wildlife photographer and spend much of my time in the big swamps and woods following and photographing my friends the bears.
    The only drawback to living houses is the fact that folks are so into immediate gratification today that they wouldn’t wait. Pretty soon they would be building Disneyesque trees out of ferro cement with robotic birds singing, ‘It’s a small world”!
    You have a nice day now, Chaz


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