Italian architects create world’s first sustainable 3D-printed dwelling

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Italian architects came up with a novel solution to shelter people displaced by climate-fuelled natural disasters: a 3D-printed house. Trialling the Star Wars-esque design outside the northern city of Ravena, Mario Cucinella demonstrated how 3D printers could be used to create an elegant, onion-shaped dwelling using local clay.  Assembled in layers, the 60-square metre units take only 200 hours to build. The design – dubbed TECLA – shows how architects are finding new ways to combine digital technology and locally sourced material to create sustainable, carbon neutral and fully biodegradable homes that could radically change the way we build and live.


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