arthur wiechula (1868 - 1941), german landscape engineer and the history of arborsculpture .........................................................................................

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arthur wiechula (1868 - 1941)

history of arborsculpture

according to wiechula, it's a rather roundabout
process to grow trees till they're a certain height
then cut them down to saw into beams and planks and
put them skilfully together again to make houses.

'if it were possible to grow wood in such a way
that it already constituted walls during growth,
walls which could be cultivated to make buildings,
we would save on this lengthy process and would
be able to use veru young wood for construction.'

wiechula starts from very simple building techniques:
he exploits the capacity of branches and trunks to be
grafted and fused with one another during growth,
and also uses systems of lateral cuts allowing even
trunks and large branches to be bent in the desired
direction. the resultant 'wounds' close up in a short time.





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arthur wiechula



book 'wachsende häuser aus lebenden bäumen entstehend' / more or less: 'living trees grow into homes'
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