Mitchell Joachim: How To Grow A Living Treehouse [VIDEO]
While he says he and his team are not the inventors of the living treehouse, they do specialize in controlling the way that the tree grows and forms into a building. By weaving ficus around geometric structures, the plant eventually hardens when exposed to air and then becomes a solid building. However, Joachim explains that the problem with this type of construction process is that building regulations and insurance are not equipped to deal with it as the form is constantly changing—something that is not a common concern with a traditional building. Currently, he and his team are working to create forms that meet building regulations while still being sustainable creations that reduce their environmental impact in new and exciting ways. In his lectures, he challenges his audience to consider new ways of urban planning that will dramatically transform the way we live.