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In Vitro Habitat: a House Made of Meat!

Posted By Andrew Michler On July 8, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In Architecture,biomimicry,Green Materials | 21 Comments

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We’ve waxed lyrical about botanical walls [2], green roofs [3] and living treehouses [4] on Inhabitat for years – is the next logical step a home made from animal tissue? Mitchell Joachim [5] from Terreform [6] thinks so.

From the boundary-pushing team of archi-visionaries who brought us the fabulous Fab Tree Hab [4] comes a new (and somewhat disgusting) way to grow a structure — using animal flesh! The In Vitro Meat Habitat is a futuristic concept home composed of meat cells grown in a lab [7]. We can’t imagine that these residences are going be replacing suburban tract homes anytime soon, but it sure is a provocative idea! The creator of the concept, Mitchell Joachim [6], is a futurist with a twist– he says he is actually developing the concept in a lab.

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Before you start crafting your protest signs, Dr. Joachim explains It is intended to be a ‘victimless shelter’, because no sentient being was harmed in the laboratory growth of the skin.” He envisions a wall [9] in which tissues, skin and bones replace insulation, siding, and studs respectively. For fenestration, or openings of windows and doors, he envisions sphincter muscles that can open and close. Current prototypes are pig skin cells [10] grown around a recycled PET plastic scaffold.

Dr. Joachin admits that the home is not all that pretty, but his work in exploring radical new ways to create futuristic buildings is a provocative reminder that sustainability [11] requires a radical new vision of our cities and homes.

+ Archinode [5]

+ Previous Terreform Concepts on Inhabitat [6]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/08/in-vitro-habitat-a-house-made-of-meat/new-4-22/

[2] botanical walls: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/30/gorgeous-green-house-wrapped-in-a-vertical-garden/

[3] green roofs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/23/amazing-green-roof-art-school-in-singapore/

[4] living treehouses: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/06/12/grow-your-own-treehouse/

[5] Mitchell Joachim: http://www.archinode.com/arch.html

[6] Terreform: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=terreform

[7] grown in a lab: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=134125

[8] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/08/in-vitro-habitat-a-house-made-of-meat/new-8-13/

[9] a wall: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=134123

[10] pig skin cells: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/03/pixie-dust-used-to-regrow-limbs-of-wounded-soldiers/

[11] sustainability: http://inhabitat.com/sustainable-building/

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