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Industry Insights|MAC and WASP Work Jointly on 3D-printed Sustainable Habitat

TECLA, a 3D printed sustainable habitat, is a real attempt for redefining traditional architecture construction. It’s built near Bologna, Italy and designed by MCA (Mario Cucinella Architects) and engineered by WASP. This 3D printed architecture hub aims at providing a future shelter for everyone in a green, affordable and quick way. This is much more different from building a habitat on Mars where human survival and self-construction without human labor is of prior concern. The creative designer tends to set new criteria for future city life.
 


This new housing solution sources materials from the local and is printed on-site, using WASP's 3D printer. This might not be the first time to see a traditionally hard-to-achieve 3D geometry or to see the design as well as architecture idea getting fulfilled in a large building scale. Yet the process is just like FDM and the constructions are build layer by layer. But through 3D printing technology, the whole process is smarter, fewer costs and more easy to digital fabricate than the traditional methods. The green 3D printed architecture might set a new perspective for future autonomous eco-city.

 

The design and construction principle behind the 3D printed architecture is environmentally efficient and sustainable life. Apart from combing 3D printing, these concepts can be seen in many details. The earth or clay sourced locally belongs to recyclable and biodegradable material. The 3D printed architecture is capable of adapting to various weather and environments.
 

According to the founder of Mario Cucinella Architects, "Together with WASP, we aim at developing an innovative 3D-printed prototype for a habitat that responds to the increasingly urgent climate revolution and the needs of changes dictated by community needs. We need a paradigm shift in the field of architecture that gets closer to the needs of people, thus finding an answer for the 'Earth' within the 'earth'. A collaboration that becomes the union between empathic architecture and the application of new technologies." Hope these sustainability voices will be wide-spread and we'll see more game-changing technologies in the architecture field besides 3D printing in the future.