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