Bio-architecture of Living Root Bridges

Ravishankar, S. and Ji, S. (2021) Bio-architecture of Living Root Bridges. In: 8th International Conference on Research into Design, ICoRD 2021, 7 January 2021 through 10 January 2021, Virtual, Online.

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Living root bridges are an excellent example of the amalgamation of human innovation and nature. The bridges are grown by methods of tree-shaping using the aerial roots of Ficus Elastica (Rubber fig tree/Indian rubber tree), which grows abundantly in the tropical rainforest regions of Khasi hills, Meghalaya. The practice has been in place for centuries to tackle the issue of crossing robust water bodies. The paper intends to understand the significance of living root bridges in the communities of Meghalaya and their potential to be used as a guiding model for contemporary design practices. It also analyses its impact and usefulness to the communities and economic growth through domestic and international tourism.

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Ji, Shiva
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Series Title: Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerial roots, Design practice, Economic growths, Ficus elastica, International tourisms, Rubber tree, Tropical rain forest, Waterbodies
Subjects: Arts > Design
Divisions: Department of Design
Depositing User: Mrs Haseena VKKM
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2021 10:48
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2022 07:24
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