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Mitchell Joachim's Fab Tree Hab Living Home

Mitchell Joachim, part of the MIT Media Lab's Smart Cities Group, along with ecological engineer Lara Greden and architect Javier Arbona, have proposed a system of homes that are actually a living ecosystem.  The Fab Tree Hab homes are based on a gardening method known as pleaching, which involves weaving branches together to form living lattice walls.  This idea is an extreme, yet simple and beautiful, form of green building.  Not only does it not cause direct harm to the environment, but it is actually part of the environment.  The house, which is a network of trees would clean the air and also provide a home for animals and birds.

Joachim's project is called MatScape and would be environmentally friendly throughout.  From the composting system to the water gathering troughs to the soy-based plastic windows, these homes would be an example of the ultimate living house.

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