The northeast Indian state of Meghalaya is possibly the wettest place on earth. In these rainforests, bridges are not built - they are grown - from ancient roots and vines of trees stretched horizontally across rivers and streams. These bridges cannot be built in a lifetime, but once completed, will last for centuries. Sustainable living architecture that will live and grow for generations to come.


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  • Bidyut

    The bridge survive because they are part of nature. Every person who is aware of the know how feels it is their responsibility to share the knowledge to the next generation.

  • Patrick Watters

    Lives of love, grace, mercy and compassion are always “planting trees”. }:- a.m.

  • Barbara Schwartzbach

    Love the passing forward of Earth Wisdom. Learning from Nature.

  • Rohit Gohil

    Excellent movie on achieving sustainability through insightful human interaction with nature in a harmonious manner.

  • Brinda Govindan

    Amazing illustration of working with and not against nature, and also of sharing indigenous wisdom across generations. It is a testament to the power of thinking for the long-term solution and not a "quick fix" as is often done in society today.

  • Himanshu Gupta

    I am not able to see the video...only blurred image is coming..Please help

  • Mick O'Toole

    This is a beautiful story and wow! Those bridges. Such an amazing labor of love that spans centuries. I loved hearing John Hurt's voice narrate!

  • Susie

    A concrete way to see how what we learn and then teach others gets carried on through generations. In this case a literal bridge is built in harmony with nature. In carrying on our values and beliefs we can build spiritual bridges.

  • Carol

    Just wonderful and so ecologic!

  • Mark Williams

    I love this video for a few reasons. I am a photographer and the scenery in the story inspired me, but more than that, the mentorship, the teaching through generations and thinking of a solution in the form of a sustainable "living" arcitecture in the form of a bridge is just simply brilliant. No Frank Lloyd Wright, no Hoover dam ... just a practical working, giving and sharing approach to one of nature's challenges.

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  •  Learn more about the state of Meghalaya, the Abode of Clouds.
  •  Watch Michael Pawlyn's talk "Using Nature's Genius in Architecture" to find out how ideas from biology can lead to radical increases in resource efficiency.
  •  What piece of knowledge will you pass on to your children?

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