Re-posted from Dwell, by Lucy Wang, May 9, 2019
The World’s first 3D-Printed village coming to Latin America in the summer of 2019 is a project by Yves Béhar. The walls of each home can be printed in just 24 hours with nearly zero waste.
Acclaimed designer Yves Béhar of fuseproject, Austin–based construction technologies company ICON, and nonprofit New Story just unveiled plans to build the world’s first 3D-printed community, which will provide over 50 homes for impoverished families in Latin America.
The ambitious project originated with New Story’s mission to end global homelessness with sustainable, cutting-edge technology—and Icon’s 3D-printed home has been adapted into new site-specific designs thanks to fuseproject’s on-the-ground community workshops.
Each site-specific house will feature an outdoor kitchen and an expanded outdoor area for raising chickens and crops. The open-plan interior living areas are optimized for natural ventilation and flexibility. The 3D printer will allow for built-in elements ranging from countertops in the kitchen and bathroom to seating and shelving. The walls and structural elements for each home can be printed in just 24 hours with nearly zero waste.
“We feel it’s our responsibility to challenge traditional methods,” says New Story CEO Brett Hagler. “Linear methods will never reach the billion-plus people who need safe homes. Challenging our assumptions, iterating based on data, and taking calculated risks on innovative ideas will allow us to reach more families with the best possible solutions, exponentially faster.”