Last summer, The New York Times Magazine released a number of articles The declaration that climate migration – a global exodus that is expected to displace between 50 and 300 million people worldwide – has begun. As more regions around the equator become uninhabitable due to rising temperatures, crop losses and disasters, the entire population will be forced to relocate to regions with more stable environments and economies. This impending movement, coupled with the ongoing lack of affordable housing, has sparked a wave of conversation about how best to address the looming crisis.
As a partial antidote, a Bologna-based studio Mario Cucinella Architects, together with the 3D printing company WASP design a low-carbon house that is easy and quick to reproduce. Name “TeclaThe prototype consists of two inclined domes that can be built in just 200 hours with an average of six kilowatts of energy. It is made up of 350 layers of coiled clay taken from a nearby river that acts as thermal insulation for the earthen structure with the living area, kitchen and sleeping area. Two skylights embedded in the roof of the 4.2 meter high domes allow light to penetrate into the 60 square meter room.
A short video von WASP documents the construction technology in Massa Lombarda, in which two synchronized pressure arms slide back and forth to move the walls. The process produces almost no waste and can be adapted to other raw materials. This makes it a viable option for apartments outside the Italian region.
Find a larger collection of Mario Cucinella Architects‘ and WASPClimate-focused projects and examines their processes on Instagram. You might like it too 3D printed home by Rael San Fratello. (above Dezeen)
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