WOW-POW = World Of Wonderful POWer: Grow Your Own Homes more than just smoke

Friday, August 22, 2008

Grow Your Own Homes more than just smoke

Eco Architecture or the art of growing your own furniture, structure, or shelter out of trees is now ready to for the big time as a new company, Plantware, plans to roll out these structures worldwide. Shaping living trees into useful objects, known as tree shaping or arborsculpture has been around for years but now the company had been able to implement the trees into park benches, playground structures, streetlamps and even gates. “The approach is a new application of the well-known botanical phenomenon of aerial root development,” says Prof. Eshel of TVU. “Instead of using plant branches, this patented approach takes malleable roots and shapes them into useful objects for indoors and out.” Not happy with just single structures Plantware’s CEO Gordon Glaze betting that entire homes will be constructed with the eco-friendly technology and hopes the first home prototype will be ready in about a decade.
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