Money Might Not Grow On Trees, But Our Housing Could!

by Linsley Oaks, LuxEco Editorial Assistant

Tree houses might not just be for little Tommy anymore in the near future.  If you have 3 minutes, check out Mitchell Joachim: Don’t build your home, grow it! – Mitchell Joachim (2010) on TED.  He is an eco-architect and urban planner who has a vision for more sustainable urban and suburban structures.  Introducing the ‘Fab Tree Hab’, a sustainable, eco-friendly dwelling made out of living trees.  Look out real estate industry, you might have to get a green thumb to make it in this proposed housing market!

Even more intriguing, and in my opinion a little less appealing, is the ‘in-vitro meat habitat’.  Here, cells are grown in test tubes into larger and larger structures that can be used as housing.  The end result looks a little like a giant beef jerky liver.  Since the meat is man made in a lab, it is still vegetarian/vegan-friendly.

All and all, in this time of heightened sensitivity to our resources and their limits, I for one am excited and optimistic to see what human ingenuity can come up with in the face of eco-challenges.

For even more exciting ideas from Mitchell Joachim, check out his interview on the Colbert Report.

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