On Living Root Bridges

Over the years I’ve visited, photographed, and written about over 100 examples of Northeast India’s incredible living bridges, which are functional architecture grown, rather than built, from the roots of the ficus elastica species of fig tree. These structures are internationally recognized as an important cultural achievement on the part of the Khasi people of Meghalaya, and have been officially submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage List. My work has contributed both to local conservation endeavors and to some of the first peer reviewed studies of this truly unique phenomenon.   

Here’s an overview of Khasi living architecture that was published in Nature which I had the honor of being a co-author on: Living bridges using aerial roots of ficus elastica – an interdisciplinary perspective

Below, you’ll find a series of blog posts dealing with different aspects of the subject.