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Sep 30, 2007

Life in the Trees

Extreme tree houses

Tree houses aren't just for kids anymore. They are used increasingly as primary residences, vacation getaways and meditation retreats.

Credit: Mitchell Joachim, Terreform

Homes perched high in a forest canopy or woven from the very branches of trees take ecofriendly building to the extreme. Future-forward designers are concocting tree houses that live and "breathe," such as the Fab Tree Hab. It uses high-tech computer modeling and ancient techniques such as pleaching, which weaves together living branches and trunks to create walls and ceilings.

"Most folks that contact us are not looking for a product that is 'environmentally friendly,'" explained Mitchell Joachim, an architect at the Smart Cities group of the MIT Media Lab. "Instead they want a product that is the environment. "

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At 12:19 AM , Blogger twit said...

I've had some kind of tree-house in my life for most of the years that I've been..
It's just something that I've yet to grow-out of.

Not had anything remotely as fancy as these structures in your post, & they've never been places that I've 'lived-in' for more than one night at a time.

But it's the closest thing I get to sitting in a tin-can, orbiting the earth.
& only the birds know what I'm smoking ¦:¬|

At 6:35 AM , Blogger treacle said...

This is such a timely post. My friends have just acquired some land where we want to build an eco-village. This would be great for the kids...

At 6:35 AM , Blogger treacle said...

Twit: a little birdy told me...

At 9:15 PM , Blogger Indigobusiness said...

Tree dwellings have always intrigued me. From Tarzan, to Swiss Family Robinson, etc...I grew up with dreams of living aloft. It occurred to me to weave trees, to let them grow into each other for a super structure, but I'd yet to see it done. I wanted to just bend some pine or redwoods and interlock the tops, let them grow up from there. Would take some tiime.

Sounds like a fine project, T.


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