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Could you grow a house?

Could you print a scaffold in the shape of a house, and then use the same techniques discussed in Anthony Atala's TED Talk http://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_printing_a_human_kidney.html to coat the scaffold with tree cells? Possibly spraying it on as seen on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXO_ApjKPaI

Keeping the structure alive would of course require a root structure. Perhaps one that already exist, or one that is fabricated in a similar manner. Imagine durable, self sustained, self repairing, eco friendly structures.


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  • Oct 17 2012: I've seen the living bridge photos and they work because they are part of an ecosystem. So we would have to adjust our way of living with nature because now we would have a new level of intimacy with "all" the flora and fauna associated with tree's. And nature needs time since most of what we force feed or grow seems to quickly wither and die. (Quite the psycho-social adjustment. Have a baby and start to grow a house and save for post secondary education! Culture defined by a symbiotic relationship with living things.) Your home as an ecosystem rather than one or two types of plants might grow faster/stronger and be more self sustaining over time and seasonal changes.

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