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     One might research this concept genetically and a project might be initiated so groundwork for this idea becomes reality.  It might take quite awhile for an idea like this to grow and come to fruition, but hopefully that much sooner with shared interest.  If there are any comments or questions please see the bottom of the blog for contact info.
 
     The knowledge of plant genetics would need to be extensive.  With time these Living Flora Buildings could hold the genetics of every type of flora known.  Specific genetic characteristics could be tailored to specific environmental pressures and/or an individuals particular tastes.  Living Flora Buildings could be grown rapidly using a kind of liquid nutrient scaffolding similar to sea water that allows kelp to grow two feet a day.  Once a home or building was grown to the necessary specifications its growth could be stopped at the genetic level and the Living Flora Building could serve as a kind of assemly line producing more genetically engineered building seeds for anyone who wanted a Living Flora Building.
 
     The walls and roof could be a composite of various evergreens and cacti to provide oxygen and a food source.  A unified genetically pleached branch (see arborsmith.com for defintion of pleach) or large appropriately placed leaves might serve as roofing material depending on how much insulation was needed.  The opaque portions of varigated leaves could form semi diaphanous windows that would allow light into the living dwelling.  Big genetically engineered cotton pods stemming from the interior of the home might be used as bedding.  Tables and chairs could be grown directly from the walls and floor.  Cork could also be used as a padding for floors or seats.  Rain water could be collected from the roof and drain down through hollow drainage trunks similar to bamboo that allowed water to drain from the roof to the roots below (like bamboo without the internal structural segments).  The roots might be oriented like upside down mushroom caps that might "cup" and collect liquid and dissolved soil nutrients to provide maximum absorption of said nutrients. 
 
     Guttation to a pitcher plant or rafflesia might be feasible.  All the food producing plants known could be genetically engineered into the makeup of the living plant building to provide a nourishing liquid food source if one got was in need of nourishment.  This liquid food source would be faster and easier to produce than seed or fruit as cellulose fibers and hard seed casings wouldn't need to be made.  This liquid ambrosia formed from the grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and fruits that sustain life on Earth today could form this organic cocktail which could be further improved using a genetic matrix specifically designed for the individual at the genetic level to provide the most efficient food possible.
 
Using the genetic material of all flora such as: baobab (for life span and girth), bristlecone pine (life span), and redwood (life span, height, insect resistance and fungal resistance), one could have a food and oxygen producing shelter that could live several thousand years and might grow to functionality rapidly using Kudzu dna which grows a foot a day or seaweed and bamboo which can grow two feet a day (if the right environmental conditions and nutrient medium was used). 
 
Bioluminescent fungi might be used at the cellular level in conjunction with chloroplast to give a living light.  This bioluminescence could be bright enough to sustain the photosynthetic process without need for sunlight or artificial light.
 
Plant Types and Qualities

baobab-adansonia-digitata.jpgBaobab - age, breadth

general-sherman-sequoia.jpgRedwood Sequoia sempervirens - life span, height, rot, frost and fire resistance

Ficusbengalensis.jpgficus.jpgFicus - crown and root spread, natural pleaching ability, and support trunks with canopies that can grow up to 4 acres

resize.jpgmosobamboo.jpgGiant bamboo Dendrocalamus giganteus - rapid growth, chambered insulated walls, hollow living pipes

ColocasiagiganteaThailandGiantStrain.jpgAlocasia macrorrhiza - giant leaves

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Johannesteijsmannia altifrons - long giant leaves

KelpForest.jpgcalifornia_kelp_forest.jpgCalifornia Kelp -  Macrocystis pyrifera - rapid growth rate nearly 2 feet a day

Cacti - "evergreen" wall like inflorescence, drought tolerance,

The totem pole cactus - A cactus without spines

Bristlecone pine Pinus longaeva - life span of four to five thousand years and able to survive in some extreme conditions

Cork-tree Phellodendron - cork for softness under foot

Chilean alerce - Fitzroya cupressoides - dated at 3622 years old

Kudzu Pueraria Montana - rapid growth rate 1 foot a day

Grasses - rapid fruit production

single winter rye - root systems up to 387 miles

 

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LilyVille

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A Rafflesia

These living flora buildings could then expend their energies producing juice rather than dense fruits, nuts, and/or seeds.  This liquid nutrient mixture stemming from the genetic combination of all known flora could be collected in "pitcher plants" or "rafflesias" where an individual could be provided with a nourishing liquid food source if one was ever in need of nourishment.  This liquid ambrosia could be formed from from the grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and fruits that sustain life on Earth.   With further advancements in "Green" or fully biotic technologies the liquid  nutrient matrix could be specifically designed at the genetic level to provide the perfect food for an individual.  This liquid matrix could offer a vegan source of all the daily nutritional requirements one is said to need plus loads of antioxidants.

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A Nepenthes Truncata

One may click on the below links to go to sites...

YouTube Channel with Green Cities, Green Walls, and Green Roofs.

Link to MySpace Blogs

Link to "Living Tree Building" Group on Care2.com

A couple websites have artwork of entire citscapes composed of living flora buildings.  These websites listed in the following can be selected to go to the sites.

http://www.archiborescence.net/archiborescence/

http://vegetalcity.net/index.html