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NOVEMBER 13, 2007

Futuristic drawing of a house made of trees

Photo: Courtesy of Mitchell Joachim, PhD

Izz

Posted by: Izz
6:40am

Dex, I think it's about time we started pleaching.

Dex

Posted by: Dex
6:41am

No!

Izz

Posted by: Izz
6:47am

But you don't even know what I'm talking about!

Dex

Posted by: Dex
6:50am

It is dangerous and hazardous to play with toxic chemicals and I am surprised you would suggest such a thing.

Izz

Posted by: Izz
6:57am

Oh brother. Allow me to introduce you to a fabulous concept — grow your own house! Pleaching is when you grow trees with branches that naturally weave together. You weave the trees together to make walls! There's this guy called Mitchell who has designed tree houses — they are literally made out of trees! He calls them Fab Tree Habs. He started a non-profit organization called Terreform — check it out to see their crazy-cool designs.

Dwell's web site shows some cool examples of arborsculpture. Tell us what you think about using living trees to build houses.