Mr Glaze, 38, together with his two partners Yael Stav, 35 and Yaniv Naftaly, 35 have spent the past ten years developing and perfecting the science of aeroponics to the stage where Gordon believes that real life 'tree-house' could be possible within ten years. 'At a cellular level we can tell the tree how to grow to a template. This means that we can now mass produce roots and trees in an industrial building level, like steel girders. 'We can create a living building material now that enables you to cast trees like they are cement,' Glaze said.The Plantware crew has already pioneered their ideas in building smaller-scale structures, like bus stops and park benches. After an initial period of supported growth, the trees bend into their desired shapes and remain sturdy yet flexible. For more complex buildings like houses, Plantware's ideas run deeper; they've designed environmental measures like air circulation through leaves, gravity plumbing (hoo boy), and a composting vat. And they haven't left aesthetics or practicality out of the equation.
Mr Glaze said they would be ecologically responsible by matching tree-homes to their environment. So British tree-dwellers would live in sturdy oak or willow homes and those in California could have giant American redwood pads.Well, that does sound fantastic. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on whether this cellular-level aeroponic manipulation can make trees flame-retardant. Returning to our roots: Scientists claim they will grow tree homes in a decade [Daily Mail Online]