I would like to make something interesting about a culture of mine in one of my story proposals. I was thinking something along the lines of using living tissue for construction. Hard hides would comprise the walls, and (for example, cornea tissue would be used as windows.
I am assuming near-future tech, as in the 2200 - 2300 range.
- Would I need to feed the tissue?
- How can I have living tissue without making it part of a fully established organism? I don't want to have my buildings with brain tissue and entrails everywhere.
- Is there any way to avoid needing arteries and veins?
- Will I need pumps to insure that the building stays in 'homeostasis'?
- Organism should have no mouth, absorb nutrients through some sort of osmosis (sugar water).
Is it possible for me to construct buildings of considerable proportions from living tissue?
(Tissue can be grown in 'sheets', and hauled over to the building site for construction. Consider project a failure if the living tissue dies.)
Edit: Specifically, I am looking for animal tissue, not plant (although it may be easier, I would prefer something more exotic.)