Whole Ecology Design
An Edible Prefab Home for Humanity
This home concept is intended to replace the outdated design solutions at Habitat for Humanity. We propose a
method to grow homes from native trees. A living structure is grafted into shape with prefabricated Computer
Numeric Controlled (CNC) reusable scaffolds. Therefore, we enable dwellings to be fully integrated into an
1. Composed with 100% living nutrients.
2. Make effective contributions to the ecosystem.
3. Accountable removal of human impacts.
4. Involve arboreal farming & production.
5. Subsume technology within terrestrial environs.
6. Circulate water & metabolic flows symbiotically.
7. Consider the life cycle, from use to disposal.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Team H.E.D. [Human Ecology Design]
Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D.
Lara Greden, Ph.D.
Javier Arbona, M.S.
MOVIE: FAB QuickTime 1.4MB
YouTube: Fab Tree Hab Video
NEWS on Fab Tree Hab
Sundance Channel: the Green, Big Ideas For
A Small Planet episode; Build -Fab Tree Hab.
Houses Out of Living
By Linda Stern
Copyright (c) 1997- 2008 Mitchell Joachim
GNU Free Documentation License.
The Fab Tree Hab, appears in film as part of Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling at
the Museum of Modern Art, NY.
Jul. 20th - Oct. 20th, 2008.
Mitchell Joachim and collaborators with Terreform 1 (Melanie Fessel, Graham Murdoch, and
Edward Ward) have added new models and animation footage for this exhibition. The project
was initially conceived at MIT's School of Architecture by Mitchell Joachim, Lara Greden, and
For more info about the Home Delivery exhibition please see here.
or contact: Meg Blackburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Thanks: Joey Forsyte of Velocity Filmworks, Peter Christensen, and Barry Bergdoll.
HGTV: Extreme Living
Episode - Terrific Tree
| FAB TREE HAB
Local Biota Living Graft Structure