Finally, a Credible Prototype for Sustainable 3D-Printed Housing

Written by Engineers 4 Change

Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP, an Italian 3D printing enterprise, announced that they began printing housing prototypes called TECLA. The operation began near Bologna, Italy, with crane-mounted printers laying down layer upon layer of a mixture made from sand and soil in the region. Although this first attempt is in Italy, the plan is to create a model that can be replicated in any region worldwide.

The housing is circular, printed with locally sourced clay on top of a concrete footing. The design and construction method represent the two firms’ solution to housing shortages that are expected to worsen as

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