Learning from traditional Indian building techniques

Source: Science Daily

Dense, humid broadleaf forests, monsoon-swollen rivers and deep ravines — in the Indian state of Meghalaya wooden bridges easily decay or are washed away in floodwaters. Bridges made from steel and concrete are pushed to their limits here as well. But bridges made of living tree roots can survive here for centuries. Researchers have investigated these special structures and proposes integrating this extraordinary building technique in modern architecture.