Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunji, India
The Ficus elastica tree of India produces a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk, and grows along river ganks.  The Khasis people have learned to meticulously manipulate and form these roots into a living bridge, which actually grows stronger over time.  Some of these bridges are over a hundred feet long and can support the weight of 50 men.
This greenery is certainly not urban, but it is a prime example of the ideal of which this blogger is fanatic: the utilization of nature to co-exist with Human habitats in a symbiotic relationship. I call it Eco-cooperation, and it is the greatest!
I wonder if anyone could suceed in growing these trees and create the same result in an urban setting.

Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunji, India

The Ficus elastica tree of India produces a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk, and grows along river ganks.  The Khasis people have learned to meticulously manipulate and form these roots into a living bridge, which actually grows stronger over time.  Some of these bridges are over a hundred feet long and can support the weight of 50 men.

This greenery is certainly not urban, but it is a prime example of the ideal of which this blogger is fanatic: the utilization of nature to co-exist with Human habitats in a symbiotic relationship. I call it Eco-cooperation, and it is the greatest!

I wonder if anyone could suceed in growing these trees and create the same result in an urban setting.